HOW TO SELECT YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORING?
Buying hardwood flooring is an important investment. And it is known to increase the resale value to your home. You should be thinking long-term for this once-in-a-lifetime purchase!
These are some questions I will ask you to determine your best options:
1. What is your subfloor? Concrete or wood?
2. What is your risk of moisture? Is your room below grade, above grade?
3. How many people and pets reside in your home? Light Traffic, heavy traffic?
4. What grain or wood species are you drawn to? Oak, Maple, Hickory, Cherry?
5. What Grade? Clear, Select & Better, #1 common or Rustic Character grade?
6. What tone? Light, medium or dark?
7. What color stain? brown, taupe, golden, red, gray?
Please take pictures and bring in swatches of your paint and fabrics so I can better understand your style.
Let’s say your subfloor is concrete. We can’t nail wood into concrete. So we have to glue or float the floor. On grade or below grade, concrete tends to contain moisture. Engineered hardwood is designed to be more dimensionally stable when installed over concrete or in environments with varying humidity levels.
If your subfloor is wood and above ground level, Solid Hardwood is fine.
Risk of Moisture
Wood is at risk of being damaged by moisture. Wood expands and contracts seasonally depending on the amount of moisture it absorbs. Also, it shrinks as humidity evaporates leaving unsightly gaps. Wood and water don’t mix! Stay away from wood if you can’t control your moisture or humidity. Look into waterproof Vinyl or porcelain.
Solid or Engineered
One of the benefits of wood is it’s ability to be refinished after years of wear and tear. So whether you use prefinished floors or unfinished floors, solid or engineered, you can always refinish it to look new again. Prefinished floors tend to be longer lasting than job site polyurethane.
Look at the grain and color blending of each of the wood species. Oak’s grain is open. Maple and cherry are tight. Select Oak has a more visual definition. Maple has a fine tight grain.
The grade of the hardwood flooring defines how much visual variation and character you will see.
Clear – most boards look alike. Select and Better – allows for some variation. #1 common – allows more variation. #2 common – allows for heavier variation including knots and wormholes.
The tone and color define the ambiance you are looking for. It will set the tone on your home. Neutral, cool, warm. Your floor can be canvas or background, or it can be a strong, bold statement.
Prefinished or Unfinished
If we are installing unfinished floors then staining them on sight, we will apply several large samples in your home and give you a chance to see and select the best fit for your space.
Traditional floors are narrow 2-1/4″ wide. Today wide boards are being used in every decor.
Let’s get started and choose your ideal hardwood flooring
Once we put our heads together, you will have plenty of samples to see how your home will look with a new wood floor.
If you would like to design advise and a quote Contact Me!