Hardwood floors add a timeless and classic look to any home. They are durable, comfortable, and bring character and warmth to a room. While picking out hardwood floors may sound as simple as choosing the color, there are several other factors to consider. The experts at Floor Coverings International Sherwood Park outline the seven different aspects of hardwood floors to consider before installing them in your home!
Type of Hardwood Flooring
The first major decision to make is between solid or engineered hardwood. Both are 100% real wood but are made up of different materials. Solid hardwood is milled from solid wood logs, while engineered wood is composed of multiple layers of plywood and composite material, and topped with a layer of solid wood. Solid hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished several times while engineered hardwood can only be done a few times.
The width of the wood planks can really change the look of a room. Select from narrow strips (less than three inches) or wider planks (more than three inches).
There are several different wood species to pick from, varying in durability, grain patterns, and color. Red and White Oak, Walnut, Maple, and Cherry are among the most common species due to their hardness and durability. Brazilian Koa and Cumaru are some very popular and durable exotic flooring options.
There are so many different colors to pick from. Depending on the species and finish, hardwood floors can come in blonde, espresso, black, red, gray, and several other options.
Not all hardwood floors have to look the same. For a unique antique look, distressed or hand scraped floors are a great option.
While the color of the stain makes a big impact, the finish can change the overall appearance of the floors as well. Stains come in different options such as satin, semi-gloss, flat, and even a wire-brush finish. There are several gloss levels to pick from so the floors don’t look too dull or shiny.
Depending on the amount of wear and tear the floors will endure over the years, it might be smart to go with a harder species of wood. Hickory, Pecan, Maple, Beech, and Birch are some great options. These are great for homes with kids or pets.
Ready to install some beautiful hardwood floors in your home? Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Sherwood Park a call to set up your free in-home consultation today!
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