When it comes to choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home, the possibilities are literally endless. That is why making the right choice can pose as a challenge to some people. Mike’s Custom Flooring is here to talk about all the things you need to think about when you are getting ready to choose the hardwood flooring for your home in an effort to help make the process a little less stressful.
Solid VS Engineered Wood Flooring
The first thing you need to decide is the type of wood flooring you want installed in your home. Are you looking for solid wood flooring made from one solid piece of wood? Or are you interested in engineered wood flooring that is made up of multiple component layers? If you live in an area that deals with high levels of humidity, you may want engineered wood floors. For those that live in a drier climate, solid wood flooring may be the clear choice. The dimensions can be very different between these two types of wood flooring, so the first thing that needs to be decided is the type of flooring you wish you have in your home.
Hardwood Floor Plank Width; Wide or Narrow
You can get creative with the plank width as well. You have extremely narrow wood planks to wide to choose from and if you can’t decide on one for sure, don’t worry. You can choose to have a mixture of both put in your home. The design can be very different when you are looking at narrow planks to wide, so you need to choose what style you are in search of. Wide planks are a popular choice right now and so wide planks have the ability to increase the value of your home.
Wood Floor Color
When choosing the color for your wood floors, you want to be sure you love your choice. You don’t want to have to deal with the refinishing process for a very long time. Darker wood flooring is popular right now and it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Dark wood flooring can be difficult to keep clean though so if you aren’t keen on cleaning your wood floors often, you may want to choose a lighter finish. No matter what style your home is, you will be able to find a color that compliments it nicely.
Prefinished or Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Last but not least, you need to decide if you want your wood flooring unfinished or prefinished. When you have unfinished flooring installed, the stain and finish is applied on site. The more common choice is prefinished wood flooring that has already been stained and is completely finished when installation is complete. Unfinished flooring is difficult to install in a home that is occupied. If no one is living in the home at the time, it is much more feasible.