Hardwood flooring can last for decades. It insulates well and improves the frame strength of a house. It helps a home sell faster and can add a spike to its selling price. But for all its substantial benefits, wood flooring is generally chosen for a different reason altogether. Hardwood floors just make a house feel like home.

Regardless of age, species or color of the flooring, the addition of wood adds an aesthetic warmth that's hard to beat. Even an old wood floor, long past its prime, has a rustic quality that makes a room feel comfortable and relaxed.

The trend toward remodeling and renovating has brought about a new appreciation of solid hardwood floors. Machine sanding removes the old finish, an operation that exposes a new generation of wood and overcomes years of wear and neglect. The newly finished floor will be a source of pride for decades to come.