There are so many decisions to make when designing your hardwood floors that it can be overwhelming. We have talked about trends, wood species, the differences between solid hardwood and engineered wood floors and finishes in previous blogs. We want to add to that information and use a guide created by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to help focus on your choice.
1. Determine where your hardwood floors will be.
First consider the type of subfloor currently down in the rooms that you want to install your hardwood flooring. Above-ground rooms with a plywood subfloor can typically utilize both solid and engineered hardwoods. However, rooms below ground level typically have a concrete subfloor and require an engineered hardwood.
Additionally, you'll want to consider the characteristics of the specific hardwood style you want to install. Each wood species has a different density and hardness rating, but these differences are less important when you consider other factors such as construction – solid or engineered, texture and finish. Choosing the right construction, texture and finish for the traffic level of your room will make all the difference in your floor’s overall performance.
Finally, keep in mind that hardwood is organic; it naturally wants to absorb moisture. Though you can install hardwood in kitchens and bathrooms, you need to determine if any additional considerations should be made during your selection process to help you make the perfect choice.
2. Establish a budget
Once you set your budget, we can show you all the choices you have. There are choices within solid wood, such as grade or species, that change the price. Most of the engineered products also have a good price range depending on the finish, plank width/length and wood species.
3. Choose the type of wood, design and color you need.
There are more than 50 domestic and imported species of wood flooring available to achieve the look you want. Oak has been a recent popular choice due to being durable and versatile.
There are other woods that have a more distinctive wood grain such as hickory and maple.
The design of the floor can include several things. Do you prefer strip, plank or parquet? What appeals the most a smooth sleek surface or added texture such as hand scraping? There are also choices in how you lay the flooring. There are patterns such as herringbone and log cabin to add detail.
With color a general rule is light woods make a room appear more open and airier, medium woods make a room feel warm and cozy, and dark wood can give a room a more formal and sophisticated look. You can look through our Products/Brands page to see all the engineered flooring available. Most sites have an inspiration or design page to help you decide what look you prefer.
4. Contact us to help selecting/ordering your product and installation.
We have many years of experience and can answer questions you may have. There are several types of solid and engineered hardwood floors displayed and samples of many engineered hardwood products to view.
After we will help you choose the right hardwood floor, we can discuss the installation process.
5. Plan the timing to have the work completed.
Once you have chosen the hardwood floor you want, we order the product and schedule a time to complete your installation. The timeline will depend on the hardwood floor you select. Solid hardwood will need to be installed, sanded and finished. It also needs time to dry once the process is complete. Engineered is a quicker process since the finish is factory finished.
6. Discuss the maintenance requirements with us.
Today’s hardwood floors are designed to last a lifetime with the proper maintenance.
Just a few tips to help keep your floor lasting longer:
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Use products designed to clean hardwood floors such as Bona.
- Use breathable rugs to protect debris from being tracked in.
- Sweep with a microfiber mop and only use vacuums without a beater bar.
- Do not use steam cleaners on your hardwood floors.
7. Enjoy your beautiful new hardwood floors.