There’s much more to choosing a hardwood flooring than you might think. After making the initial decision for wood floors, you then have to pick your species of choice. Some woods, such as oak, are much harder than others and make great material for busy homes with lots of traffic.
Other spaces, such as cupboards, pantries, and closets can utilize softer woods such as pine. These woods are not as appropriate for those busy areas, as they are easier to dent and scratch. If you’re going to use these where foot traffic is possible, be sure to utilize area rugs and runners.
You have other options as well that can help to personalize your floors just the way you want them. The perfect stain color, for instance, along with a perfect oil-based or hard wax sealant. Then create the final result with the perfect finish, such as vintage, distressed, or wire-brushed.
Make sure you take advantage of professional installation when choosing your hardwood floors. This alleviates any worry and assures a properly installed floor that looks great and will function just the way it’s supposed to.
Remember that solid wood can never be installed below ground and must always be acclimated before installation.