Termites and Hardwood Floors

Do hardwood floors make your home a target for termites? This is a fear that keeps some homeowners from choosing this highly durable and beautiful option for their flooring. So, let’s explore the facts. Termites love to munch on all kinds of wood – but they have to get inside your home before they can start chowing down on your floor. This is why pest professionals will tell you that having the frame of your home constructed of pressure-treated lumber is important. So is keeping mulch and other potentially damp wood materials like a woodpile away from the foundation of your home.

The subterranean termites that live in Maryland and surrounding areas live in the soil – not in wood. This means they would have to tunnel in through a pier and beam foundation or creep up into wood siding on your home (if there is “wood to ground” contact). From there, they could make their way through the wood frame to reach your home interior. That’s a process that takes time, so you have the opportunity to catch them in the act before they get to your floor. Your wood flooring is at highest risk if:

• You already have a substantial infestation inside your home
• Flooding or a serious water leak has left a lot of moisture in your floor

Having an annual termite inspection is a very good idea to protect your investment in your home and in your wood floors. Next week, we’ll explore termites some more – including a surprising fact about unwanted “hitchhikers”.

Go Green with Hardwood Flooring in March

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. No doubt you’ll be enjoying the famous Baltimore, Maryland parade or joining the massive turnout in Washington, DC for the celebration (drink some green beer for us!) But you can also earn yourself some luck by making your home a little greener than it was last year. We make that easy with eco-responsible hardwood flooring options. At Residential Floors, we don’t believe the world should become tree-poor just to keep us in business. That’s why we have extensive contacts with suppliers in the sustainable forestry industry who strive to adhere to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines. Here are just a couple of those rules:

Environmental Impact

Forest management shall conserve biological diversity and its associated values, water resources, soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes, and, by so doing, maintain the ecological functions and the integrity of the forest.

Community Relations and Workers’ Rights

Forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the long-term social and economic wellbeing of forest workers and local communities.

We believe “green” hardwood floors benefit both people and the planet. Contact us to explore your sustainable flooring options today!