Options for solid hardwood flooring
There are many options to choose from when you are having solid hardwood flooring installed. Selecting a hardwood floor is an individual decision. Trust your own personal taste along with the advice of a knowledgeable professional hardwood flooring expert. The features that you will be considering are: wood species, color, texture, durability, and board width. Each of these decisions will be influenced by your own sense of style and your lifestyle.
First, you will choose the wood species. This will determine the floor’s appearance and durability. Each wood species has a particular look as a result of its grain and other characteristics such as mineral streaks, burls, and knots. For example, oak has very definite grain patterns.
Since not all hardwoods are equal in their degree of hardness, you will want to choose a wood that has the level of durability that you need in your room. Oak, maple and hickory have high ratings for hardness, and would make good choices for areas where durability is necessary.
Color is another choice you will make. The color comes from your choice of wood species and the stain you add to it. A good stain enhances the look of your wood.
Texture determines the character of your floor and depends on the style of your room. Smooth texture gives a floor a classic look, distressed provides a country or rustic look, while a hand scraped texture can be used for rustic to contemporary styles.
The board width you choose has a big impact on the look of your hardwood floor. Your choices include strips (slender boards), planks (4 inches or wider), and random widths for a more casual look.
A beautiful solid hardwood floor will transform your room. Let us help you select the floor that brings your vision into reality.