Tips To Pick Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors adds a air of elegance to your house that can’t be matched by tile or carpeting. Walk into any home improvement center and you’re soon bombarded with a vast array of hardwood styles, species, colors, grades and types. Manufacturers have introduced new flooring technology and synthetic materials, providing homeowners with hundreds of choices for every desire and budget. Narrowing your selection down to one choice can be a daunting task. Here are several tips to pick hardwood floors. The first step in selecting a new floor is assessing your budget. Flooring manufacturers feature a large selection of makes and models for every budget, so narrow your choices by first estimating your financial resources. The two main categories for hardwood flooring are solid wood and engineered wood. Engineered flooring is more expensive than solid domestic woods but this cost can be offset because engineered flooring is easier, faster and thus less expensive to install. Solid wood material is less expensive than its engineered counterpart but is more expensive to install because the solid wood must also be stained and finished.
Consider the expected use and foot traffic when choosing new hardwood floors. A kitchen or entry hall needs a more durable product than a guest bedroom or formal dining room. Solid wood floors are extremely durable, able to withstand a century of traffic and multiple refinishes, but hardwood flooring is laborious to install, and sanding and refinishing the floor is an arduous job. Engineered flooring is a type of plywood, constructed of thin layers of wood glued together. Engineered hardwood flooring is much easier to install, comes with a pre-finished surface and some styles can be installed in basements or over concrete slabs.