Beach house hardwood flooring for an authentic and fabulous look.
Living in Miami feels like you're always on vacation, with its gorgeous beaches and blue Biscayne Bay views, Miami is the perfect place to live. If you are a homeowner in Miami and you want to discover the secrets of how to have a hardwood floor that accompanies your beach house or condo then you have come to the right blog. Choosing hardwood flooring that will stand up to salty, humid, sandy, beach loving lifestyle is exactly what we will focus on today. Hardwood flooring is always a prime choice for a coastal home.
Here are the key things to look for when it comes to beach house hardwood floors.
1- Choose Engineered Hardwood
Moisture can be a concern with solid hardwood flooring, however engineered hardwood flooring is more moisture resistant and is the preferred choice for beach homes, we always recommend applying a moisture mitigation system on subfloor to prevent moisture issues on your new hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is generally made up of a thin layer of the wood species of your selection like white oak, maple, hickory etc on top of a layer of high-quality plywood. The layers are constructed in a criss-cross pattern, and compressed, resulting in a final product that’s strong, durable and stable. This flooring can be used in areas of higher humidity or moisture without fear of warping, cupping or mildew.
2- Light Shades
For a modern beach house style, opt for natural, light colors like white wash, light gray, this type of colors tend to work very well for a nautical beach style, at the same time it provides clarity and makes your space look much larger, also light colors have the benefit of hiding dirt and scratches. Avoid stains that have colors such as yellow, orange or red, since these colors make decorating the rest of the home very difficult, and of course they tend to be inconsistent with a beach house look, your best option is natural looking and muted tones.
3- Natural Looking Finishes
Remember that the characteristics of a beach house will always be a completely natural and clean look, like if the beach is part of your home, for that reason we always recommend to choose hardwood floors with natural finishes such as matte and satin in other words avoid shiny finishes, not only shiny finishes are out of fashion but also they make cleaning much more difficult and you want to enjoy the beach not cleaning. Water base finish has a more natural texture and certainly fits very well with any beach house style.
4- Wood That Shows Knots and Grains
When you think of a beach house in our beautiful city of Miami, with hardwood floors, what comes to you mind ?
Natural and rustic wood floor, just like if you had a piece of nature in your home, that is why we recommend for your condo or house in Miami that you opt for planks that show the beautiful imperfection of nature,(knots, graining and mineral streaks) many people love character grade wood and for a beach house this grade is the way to go, also you can add a little extra by selecting pre-finish wire brushed floors, this finish of hardwood have become very popular.
5- Select Species Like White Oak
Choosing the correct wood species is a very important task since not all species have the same characteristics, the most popular ones are white oak (Domestic and European), maple and Hickory.
These wood species shows character very well, they also take natural, white and gray stains very beautiful, especially white oak is one of the most durable and scratch-resistant wood. It is often installed in Miami Beach, Golden Beach and Fisher Island, where most of the properties are surrounded by water. European white oak is one of the most coveted floors for its beauty and acceptance of natural stains, even without stains it is an extremely beautiful wood and many of our clients have opted for an unfinished hardwood floor with just a top seal for a completely natural look.
These are our top 5 tips for selecting a hardwood flooring for a beach house style, if you like this article make sure to like, comment and share it with friends and family.
Miami has been my home for the last 15 years, I know this beautiful city better than where I was born. Transforming our clients homes with beautiful hardwood floors is one the thing i love and enjoy to do the most. I have written this article with passion and dedication so that Miamians homeowners who want to have a beach house style can make a right choice of hardwood floors that they fall in love with for many years to come.
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