Is Hardwood Flooring Right for my Lakeshore Home?
With the strong cabin culture we have in our area we get asked this question a lot.
The questions often relate to:
a non-air conditioned lake home,
moisture concerns being so close to the lake,
sand coming in on the feet of the guests,
what might be the best species of wood for my project?
* Engineered hardwood flooring may be a better choice since it is built to handle a higher humidity point without cupping. Engineered also may be a better choice since many cabins are on grade with a crawl space.
* To protect your hardwood floors make sure to use walk-off mats at all doors – outside and inside. This will catch some of the sand that will inevitably make it up from the beach. The sand that does make it on to your floor should be vacuumed up frequently to prevent it from making scratches on the finish which will ultimately wear down the finish and require a buff and coat or even a re sanding.
* Traditionally fir and pine have been used for cabin flooring, maybe because of the proximity of the pine and fir in our northern forests. While beautiful and thought of as the perfect cabin floor, these floors dent very easily and require more frequent buff and coat or sandings.
* It might be better to choose a harder wood (see earlier blog post on Janka Scale) to prevent the dents and dings that come from all of the fun we have while cabining.
The information presented on musolfs.com is compiled from reliable sources.
That said, as a consumer, your main source of information regarding your hardwood floor should be your professional flooring installer.
Each home and installation project is unique and comes with its own set of considerations.
We are happy to present general information and tips here and hope that you find this helpful.