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The Best New Hardwood Flooring for your Mountain Home



Building a home in the mountains means that not only will you get to experience four beautiful and unique seasons, but your home will also be exposed to large fluctuations in temperature and humidity. When there are big swings in temperature, wood moves, which means that solid wood floors start to show cracks, gaps and splits.

To remedy this problem, European flooring companies created a new form of hardwood flooring that would be more durable than traditional solid hardwood flooring. The engineered flooring arranges layers of wood in a cross-grain configuration, to minimize the natural movement caused by changes in temperature and humidity. These specially designed hardwood floors also stand up to use of in-floor heat, and are more moisture resistant than traditional hardwood. 

Engineered hardwood floors are available in a huge variety of options, suited to any design style. The wide planks with a matte finish are perfect for a rustic mountain home.

Pro-tip: For best long-term results, make sure your HVAC system is equipped to provide adequate humidity to keep wood floors in good condition. The National Wood Flooring Association recommends a minimum 30 percent humidity level.

Roger Benedict is the owner of Ruggs Benedict, a family-owned and -operated flooring business that has been serving the Vail Valley for over 35 years. Contact Roger Benedict at 970-949-5390.

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