What to Consider When Choosing Hardwood Flooring for your Home
Hardwood floors are a natural choice for many homeowners because of their classic richness and charm. Even so, there are is an abundance of options to choose from which can make settling on one option a difficult endeavor. There are some important aspects to consider before choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home.
Board width varies for hardwood flooring from narrow strips to parquet squares. If you are looking for more classic and traditional aesthetics, narrow strips, typically measuring less than three inches are the best choice. For a more bold and rustic look, choose wider planks measuring more than three inches. For a formal space, the distinctive geometric design of parquet hardwood floors is a good choice.
Hand-scraped hardwood is great for giving the illusion of timeworn floors, and is a good option for disguising the wear and tear of long-term use. There is always the option of polished hardwood that looks new and shiny for an aesthetically striking floor.
Some of the most common species for hardwood floors include cherry, maple and oak. These introduce classic and traditional charm, and are also known for their durability and hardness. For a more striking appearance and contemporary style, exotic hardwoods such as Brazilian cherry and mahogany are good options.
Choosing the wood hardness is entirely dependent on the nature of the household. Red oak and other such hard species are ideal for larger households, especially those with kids and pets. Pine and other softer species are recommended for smaller households preferably those with just adults. Although solid hardwoods are susceptible to dents and scratches, these can be sanded and refinished many times over without affecting the aesthetic quality or durability of the floor.
Pre-finished hardwood floors are recommended because they can be installed immediately from the factory without worrying about waiting time, chemical fumes and dust. Finishing plays an important role in hardwood flooring because it protects the surface as well as adds luster and color to the floor. Another advantage of factory-applied finishes of site-applied options is that manufacturers typically offer longer warranties on their products.
Choosing the right type of hardwood flooring ultimately depends on your aesthetic preferences, expectations for durability and the nature of the households. With modern technology, this classic flooring option has become more versatile, making it easier to find a type of floor that meets all, or at least most of your predetermined criteria.
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