Choosing hardwood flooring for your home involves more than just how it looks to you. Appearance is important, of course, but if you do not consider other things as well it may not look great as long as you’d like it to. You will need to not only learn about the hardwood flooring options that are available, but consider your family’s lifestyle.
First of all, you should consider if hardwood flooring of any type at all is a good option. It isn’t ideal for some situations, such as high moisture areas and where pets are likely to cause damage. Most people feel that hardwood flooring in full baths and laundry rooms should be avoided, for example. If you recognize you may have to replace water damaged sections and still want to proceed, that is fine. You should also talk with your hardwood flooring provider as some products are better than others for these areas.
The quality of the hardwood flooring is also something to consider. Getting the lowest cost hardwood flooring pretty much assures you that it won’t last a lifetime. Budget hardwood flooring does not usually have the ability to be sanded down and refinished, so once it is damaged it needs to be replaced. Also consider that wood species have varying levels of hardness with some suitable for high traffic areas and some not so much. The rarer the wood species, the more the hardwood flooring will cost. You should also learn about the difference between solid hardwood flooring and engineered. Solid will definitely cost more, but it can be sanded and refinished a few times, whereas engineered is limited in that regard.
If you have questions about hardwood flooring and want straight answers, give us a call at Craig's Custom Hardwood Floors.