Top Tips for Selecting Hardwood Flooring

When choosing hardwood flooring you will be faced with many decisions. Because today's market is flooded with every imaginable option, we wanted to make the decision-making process a little easier by providing you with helpful tips when selecting your new hardwood flooring.

Species

Hardwood flooring comes in many different species, each with a different look and feel. For instance, if you want a contemporary look, then mahogany or an exotic species of Blackwood would be gorgeous. If you prefer an informal look, oak, hickory, or the exotic choice of teak would be a nice choice.

Size

Another aspect of hardwood flooring is size. For instance, the most common size of a plank is 2.25 inches. Now, if you want, you can also choose wider planks, which range in width from 3 to 12 inches.

Color

Hardwood flooring has come a long way from years ago. Using various types of finishes, wood can be colored and changed hundreds of ways so if you have a certain species you love but are not overly fond of the color, you may be able to have it changed somewhat.

Prefinished versus Unfinished

With unfinished wood, the planks or strips are delivered to the house where they must be sanded, stained, and installed. Although you do save money this way, you also end up with a time-consuming and messy process. Prefinished hardwood flooring involves wood being completely prepared at the factory, meaning it is sanded and stained. Therefore, once delivered, all that has to be done is the installation.

Cleaning

While it might seem like a big deal, especially since hardwood floors are so easy to maintain, you do want to consider the type of equipment and/or products needed to keep the floors clean. In most cases, a soft-bristle broom designed to trap dirt will do the trick although you can also use the same type of brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.

Texture

You will also find that hardwood comes in many wonderful textures. With this, you might choose a smooth surface or go with something that is brushed or hand scraped, giving your home a unique look.

Engineered versus Solid

While you could choose solid wood, which is made from real wood, another possibility is engineered wood. The benefit of engineered wood is that it is ideal for rooms with moisture such as the bathroom, kitchen, and basement. With engineered wood, you have a thin layer of cross-banded plywood base, which can be stapled, or nailed down to a wood subfloor or glued to concrete.