Hardwood floors are a beautiful and durable flooring option for any home. While hardwood floors may look great, they can also look a bit bare. If you are looking to add some color, comfort, or softness to your hardwood flooring areas, here are a few things you should know about hardwood floors and area rugs.
Rugs are recommended – Most hardwood floor installation companies do recommend the use of area rugs over hardwood floors. In key areas of high traffic or outside access, area rugs can help protect your floors from the dirt and damage of normal usage. Choose your rugs carefully and place them with a purpose. Remember, a randomly placed rug is a tripping hazard waiting to happen.
It’s what’s under the rug that matters – You’ve taken your time and chosen your rugs carefully. Now they need a foundation. Simply placing a rug on a hardwood floor is asking for trouble. With no friction between the rug and the floor, one false step can send you (or a guest) to the floor. You want to make sure that you purchase a good quality, vinyl rug pad. Other types of rug pads could discolor your floor. Also, avoid carpet tape. It works like a charm, but it is nearly impossible to get off the floor.
Some discoloration may occur – Your hardwood floor over time will have some sun fade. However, since the area under an area rug will be protected from the sun, it won’t fade like the rest of the floor. The brighter the room, the more drastic the difference can be. If you wish to avoid these discoloration issues, you have two options. You can either move the rug frequently (or remove it altogether during the sunniest parts of the day), or you can install draperies to protect your flooring from the harsh effects of the sun.
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