When you are faced with choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home, the choices are endless. There are several aspects of the project you need to think about in order to make the right choice. Mike’s Custom Flooring is here to talk about the different options you have to choose from, and hopefully help you make the right choice for you and your lifestyle.
What are the Different Types of Wooden Floors?
The two most common choices in hardwood flooring is solid and engineered. Solid wood flooring are planks that are taken from a large block of wood. They are installed with a tongue and groove along the long and short edges of the board. Engineered wood flooring consists of several layers of plywood and composite material that is topped with a layer of solid hardwood. You need to choose which one you want installed in your home. Solid hardwood tends to be slightly more expensive than engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood tends to expand and contract with humidity levels in your home; while engineered hardwood flooring doesn’t.
What Wood Species is Best?
Most people that are having wood flooring installed in their home, are concerned with the durability over time. Depending on the wood species you choose, some are harder than others and will wear better over the course of several years than others will. The hardest wood species out there is Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Koa and Cumaru. The most common hardwood choices in the U.S. are red and white oak floors. Hickory and maple are also widely popular as well as walnut which is a softer wood.
Wood Grain & Color
Hardwood flooring comes in such a wide variety of colors, that you can incorporate any type of hardwood flooring into your home no matter what style you have. If you are looking for something more contemporary, think about choosing charcoal, pewter or white wash finishes. For homes that have a country theme throughout their home, consider choosing flooring that is distressed with a reclaimed look to it to fit into your overall design. No matter what design style you have decided to go with, you can find hardwood flooring that will compliment it.
How Do I Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish?
The finish you choose for your hardwood flooring will ultimately have the largest impression on the overall style of the flooring. If you choose hardwood with a clear gloss rather than hardwood that is hand scraped or distressed, you will find that it looks drastically different. You can choose flooring that is finished in factory or unfinished and finished after it is installed in your home for a more custom look as well.
Cost to Install & Finish Hardwood Flooring
If you choose to have unfinished flooring installed in your home, the installation process is a bit longer and the final cost is usually higher than factory finished flooring. Most people choose to pick flooring that is higher quality and would rather save money on the installation.