Episode 1: Scratches on Dark Stained Hardwood Flooring
When choosing hardwood flooring, one of the first
considerations for many people is color. The color choice often depends on your taste, the decor of your home and the tone you want to set for the area where hardwood flooring will be installed. Maybe you’re looking to create a warm and luxurious feel to a room and are considering dark hardwood flooring. While dark hardwood flooring is currently very stylish and popular, there are downsides to consider. Depending on your lifestyle, dark flooring may not be the right choice for you. Pets, kids, high traffic areas, even the amount of time you’re willing to invest cleaning your hardwood floors all play a part in the appearance of the flooring.
Scratches and cracks, a natural characteristic of wood, are magnified on dark flooring. In fact, all dust, dirt and damage is magnified on dark flooring. As well, when sunlight hits dark flooring at the right angle, even the slightest irregularity in the sub-floor will be noticeable. If you truly have your heart set on dark flooring, consider going with a lower gloss finish to help minimize the appearance of any irregularities.