Are Hardwoods Associated With Cancer?

Hardwood itself is a natural product, like a tree standing planted outside your home. It will not cause cancer. Though, what can be of concern to a homeowner or a building owner is the fumes that hardwood floor refinishing give off.

The process is a bit rough on the lungs. So, if you already have asthma, allergies, or even a cold, you are going to want to rent a respirator. If you will be performing the process yourself be sure to have goggles and gloves as well.

The other question is whether the presence of the polyurethane on the floors will cause cancer. It’s been used as a sealant that leaves a great protective coating on the wood flooring since the 1960’s. For more than 50 years it has done full-time duty.

Now the questions arise whether it is safe or not. It most likely is, though there are components within polyurethane mattresses that are considered questionable. For the purposes of flooring, it’s fortunately not something we are generally lying on with direct contact to our face and skin.

And, over the years it probably is fairly calm and stable, right? Well, the issue with the mattress material of the same type of material is that it is not a stable material.

The jury is still out on whether polyurethane is unsafe or not. Not that most people gave it much consideration. It seems that because cancer rates have risen as the ability to diagnose cancer has increased that it may no actually mean that there is any increase in cancers associated with flooring.

In addition, it appears there are so many other carcinogens around a home that it could be many other things that are the culprit. Of course, it probably does not compare to all the carcinogens people ingest through our food supply.

How Thick Do Hardwood Floors Have To Be In Order To Be Refinished?

When people go to start a refinishing project on hardwood flooring, they often have questions. One of the questions they have is how thick the hardwood flooring must be for it to be refinished. That’s a good question, and it helps to know the standard for hardwood flooring when it comes to thickness. There are different thicknesses, but the standard is going to be three-quarters of an inch. And in those cases, the floor can definitely be refinished.

Is there any hardwood flooring out there that is less than three-quarters of an inch thick? Some of the engineered wood flooring planks and other types of fake wood might be less than three-quarters of an inch. Of course, these types of flooring surfaces cannot be refinished. If your flooring is less than three-quarters of an inch thick, are you completely certain that you are attempting to refinish hardwood flooring?

If you have determined that the thickness of the flooring you are refinishing is adequate, then you can get started with a project. However, you certainly want to be prepared for what you are about to take on. For example, people that have gone before you will tell you that this is a very dirty job. You want to make many preparations, and it is also recommended by the experts that you certainly take your time.

You do want that hardwood flooring to look good when you are done. Not only do you want to make sure the wood flooring is thick enough, to begin with, but you also need to know what you’re doing when you sand the flooring surface. Experts also say that you have to watch out for nails that pop up, and there are other things to consider that you want to know ahead of time before you get started.

Do Hardwood Floors Increase Property Values?

When people are looking to update their homes with the latest trends, they often want to consider upgrades that will add value to their properties. The most common question is: do hardwood floors really add value to a home? Meanwhile, many people falsely believe that they do, the reality is they add more appeal rather than value.

Hardwood flooring is desirable in any home because potential buyers always believe that a home looks more updated and in better condition when it has clean floors. With that being said, it doesn’t mean that brand-new hardwood flooring will ultimately increase the home’s value by several thousand dollars. It will help you sell your home and find more interested buyers, but there are far more important factors to consider in the overall worth of your property.

Potential buyers, find value in homes that have updated roofing, new appliances, better countertops, and overall curb appeal. When you look around, think of all of the upgrades that would make potential buyers fall in love with your property. Certainly, your hardwood flooring will play an important role, but no buyer wants to deal with expensive or necessary upgrades right after they purchase your home.

Another aspect of hardwood flooring to understand is that the flooring needs to be of high quality and actual hardwood if it’s going to add any value. You can purchase plenty of laminate flooring materials that look authentic, but potential buyers will always know the difference, therefore, the value is very minimal. In short, it makes sense to choose hardwood flooring that you can enjoy and pass on to the next buyer.

Hardwood flooring alone doesn’t add enough value to your property to justify your increasing the asking price. On the other hand, updated flooring can help you sell your property faster and to find an interested buyer. If you hope to increase property values significantly, you are going to have to make more upgrades than just the flooring.

Not Your Grandfather’s Hardwood: The Prodigal Son Returns to The Linoleum Floor

I think it’s time for my kitchen to go back to a linoleum floor covering. Years ago, I covered up the linoleum with adhesive tiles that I purchased from the home store. I liked the tiles when they were new, but as the years went on, they started shifting around and I got tired of them. They served their purpose of giving my kitchen floor a new look, but they just couldn’t stand up to linoleum.

The linoleum covering that I had before the tiles came with the home and I thought it was fine. That design is a little outdated now, and there are probably some better-looking designs that have a more modern look. Rather than putting the linoleum down like I did with the adhesive tiles, I’m going to have someone else do it. I’ve gotten a lot older since the day when I put in the adhesive tile, and I can’t do that kind of work like I did before. I’ll just leave it to the young guys who are still in their prime.

I’ve got my eye on a checkerboard linoleum pattern that I think will go great with the granite counter tops that I bought a few months ago.