Every space has unique needs and each individual has different tastes. It can be overwhelming looking on the internet or even coming into our store with so many choices. What is the best hardwood floor for you? Trying to match those needs and tastes, we have come up with five basic questions to help your selection process.
What wood species do you want?
The species you select will depend on your style, budget, and personal preferences. There are more than 50 domestic and imported species of hardwood floors to help create your unique look. While you narrow it down to the look that appeals to you, we can show you options within your budget and which wood wear the best for your space. We talked about Oak in our previous blog but other popular options are maple, hickory, and walnut shown here.
Check out even more options at http://woodfloors.org/gallery.aspx
What are your installation limitations?
Can your space accommodate the type of wood you have chosen? Things such as foundation, traffic on your floor, possible water spills, or even high humidity can alter choices. Solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed down to a subfloor. Engineered hardwood flooring can be glued down. The Janka scale can show woods that are better for high traffic. There finishes for both solid and engineered that can fit your special needs.
Do you want site finish or factory-finish?
What is your time constraint and what level of customization do you want to achieve.
An on-site finish is applied at the installation job site. While it allows the most customization, you will need to allow time for the color and finish applications to dry.
A factory finish is applied at the factory, long before it reaches your home. Once the floor is installed you will able to walk on the floor.
Do you want strip, plank or parquet?
Hardwood floors are manufactured in three styles: strip, plank, and parquet. Each style is available in a variety of species, colors, and finishes. What is the style that speaks to you?
Strip flooring is less than 3" wide and creates a linear effect on the room making it appear longer. Strip has long been considered the traditional wood flooring.
Plank flooring is 3" or wider. While plank flooring is linear like strip flooring, its wider widths often create a more casual look.
Parquet flooring creates a geometric look and comes in many different patterns and sizes. It can be a very simple design, such as this herringbone
or a more complex like this.
What finish and color appeal to you?
What looks best to you, matte or glossy? The sheen of your wood floor is a matter of personal preference. Gloss finish offers the most shine and will reflect the most light, semi-gloss finishes will offer some shine while matte offers the least shine and light.
There are multiple choices of colors available in both finished and unfinished hardwood floors. We use Dura Seal and can create even more colors by mixing the shades below or wet wiping the color for a more intense look. We have several stain choices in our new showroom so you can view a larger sample.
Please contact us or come in for more information. We can help you narrow down your choices and make the best selection based on your needs.