One of the first things you’ll need to do is choose the right hardwood flooring for the room.
There are several factors that will influence this decision. Some of those factors include foot traffic, moisture levels, and visual preference. Our hardwood experts will work with you to cover these aspects and choose the best wood and installation method for the room in question. Much of the decision will boil down to your personal preference.
Most hardwood flooring options can be categorized according to a few specific qualities. Those qualities are the width of the boards, the texture, the species of wood, the finish, and the color of the wood. The species tends to have the most significant impact on the floor. Some species are more moisture resistant, some are more durable, and some retain warmth better. The species also has the largest impact on the price of the floor.
The width of the boards only effects the appearance. The most common options are thin strips, which are less than three inches, traditional strips, and wide strips, which can be as wide as six inches. Longer boards give the room a rustic, traditional appearance. Thin strips, on the other hand, give the illusion that the room is larger than it really is. There are also some unique options like squares and rectangles instead of standard planks.
The color of the boards stems from a combination of the wood species as well as the finish. You’ll find planks available in just about every color you can imagine. It’s mostly a matter of visual preference. As for the texture, some homeowners prefer a shiny and new appearance while others prefer a distressed appearance.
One additional consideration is the hardness of the wood, which is decided entirely by the wood species. Wood species that are very hard, such as a oak, are more resistant to wear and tear. If you have a large family and animals in the home, then you’ll want a floor that is hard and durable. It is less likely to suffer from scratches and scuffs over the years.
The finish on the floor offers an additional layer of protection and improves the appearance. Most of our floor materials come pre-finished, which saves you time and money during the installation. We’ll help you find a floor with a finish that you really like prior to the installation.