What You Might Want to Think About When Buying Hardwood Floors
Congratulations, you have made the decision to install hardwood floors. Carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, and all other various types of flooring were considered, but in the end hardwood was the best choice for your needs. The decision-making process does not end there though; there are still factors to consider when selecting your hardwood flooring. These factors will influence your floor’s appearance, function, and durability. Here are some things you will want to consider while selecting your hardwood floor:
The species of wood you select will affect your floor’s natural color, grain pattern, hardness, and the amount of expansion/contraction the wood will undergo as it is exposed to temperature and moisture changes.
Do you want to stain your floor to dramatically change the color of the planks? Do you want to make the grain “pop” with a natural finish? Do you want the natural look of the wood to change at all? One species of wood can take on many appearances, so think about what kind of finish you would like for your room.
A lot of people don’t think about this, but you can select the plank width of your flooring. Wide 5 inch planks can be selected for a more traditional, old fashioned feel, or thinner 2 inch boards can be selected for a more contemporary look. Edges of the boards can also be beveled to leave a groove between each board, or made square so that each board lies flush with each other for a smooth, flat surface.
Do you want your floorboards to be smooth and flat, or would you prefer a textured look? You can have either option, with some higher-end planks even having a hand-scraped texture, just like the olden days.
Solid or Engineered Hardwood
Solid hardwood is exactly that; It is one solid piece of wood. Engineered hardwood is made up of cross-directional layers of wood, topped with a layer of hardwood. Engineered hardwood will acclimate to changes in humidity and temperature better; solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished more times before it needs to be replaced.
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