Hardwood floors are classic, stunning, and durable. They can be one of the best options for your home when considering the various flooring choices. What is the best fit for you though? There are many types of styles, colors, and textures. We’ll break down the choices for you to make the best decision for your home’s flooring.
Species and Hardness
Hardwood species vary in durability, grain patterns, and color. The most commonly used types are oak, maple, and cherry because of their durability. Mahogany and Brazilian cherry wood aren’t as durable, but are valued because of their exotic appearance. Keep in mind traffic when choosing which is best for you. If you have a high traffic area or have pets or children, going with an oak, maple, or cherry wood is best. This type of wood will resist scratches from puppy claws, toddler toys, and shoe scuffs.
Texture and Color
Hardwoods run in many different colors, from blond to black. Make sure to check your species to determine which color options are available for your specification. Texture can play a big role in your choice as well. Some woods are made to have a shiny, new look to them. Others are branded to give them an antique look to add character to your home. Branded woods also hold up better with high traffic. Since they already have character, additional scratches only add to their complexities.
Width and Shape
With hardwood, you can choose between narrow strips (less than three inches), wide planks (more than three inches), parquet squares, and rectangles. Strips are more traditional and give the illusion of more space. Planks give a rustic feel to your home. Parquet and rectangles are more suited for formal spaces.
Unfinished Vs Finished
Unfinished wood is a good choice for a custom look or to blend with existing flooring. Finished wood is “ready to go” from the factory. This will result in not having to stain and finish the floors if you’re looking for a quick install.
Whatever your tastes, hardwood has an unmatched variety to find you the best flooring for your home. And we have a wide selection of it. Come by Custom Furniture and Flooring today for a glance around our warehouse.