As it’s the biggest surface area in your home, your floors are usually one of the first things people notice. Good quality flooring, especially hardwood, can pull your house together. To help you make the right decision, here’s everything you need to know about hardwood floors.

Finish

You can decide between finished and unfinished flooring when it comes to choosing hardwood. Unfinished hardwood needs to be sanded and stained the colour of your choosing upon installation, while finished floors can be installed as is. If you want a customized look, then unfinished flooring is the way to go. Otherwise, save yourself some time and installation fees by going the finished hardwood route.

Solid vs Engineered Flooring

Solid hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished many times over the course of its lifetime, while engineered wood can’t due to the many different layers of wood that it’s comprised of. We don’t recommend that you install solid hardwood in basements or other areas likely to deal with moisture, as the wood will warp. Install engineered hardwood for those areas instead, as it’s more water resistant.

Colour Choice

As these hardwood floors will likely run through the majority of your home, choosing the right colour is vital and a bit overwhelming. The overall decor and style of your home will have a large influence over the colour, as light grey tones won’t suit a traditional or vintage-style home. Choosing something like cherry or red oak, on the other hand, would better suit a traditional atmosphere, whereas gray toned hardwood would suit a more modern aesthetic.

Durability

Depending on your lifestyle, your hardwood floors may take a beating day in and day out, especially if you have children or pets. Buying hardwood that’s durable will ensure that you don’t need to spend more money on refinishing or replacing them later on. Very hard and readily available wood is the best option for durable hardwood floors, but what’s the best wood species for the job? There are many, including oak, cherry, maple, bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany. If you’re looking for a premium species that will last you a while, try teak, Jarrah or mesquite wood.

Overall Cost

You need to consider the cost of the actual floors as well as the cost of the installation when dealing with hardwood flooring. You’ll be able to save on installation fees if you or some you know has experience installing hardwood. If not, then the price will depend on the contractor or company you select. When shopping for hardwood, know your measurements so you don’t buy more flooring than is necessary. This will also tell you how much your flooring will cost per wood species if you’re debating on what type of wood to buy.

Flooring Installation

Hardwood floors can be secured in several different ways, including nailed down, stapled down, glued to existing flooring or left to float over the subfloor. If you’re doing your own flooring installation, choosing the floating floor option will be your easiest installation method.

At New Trendz Flooring, we offer a wide variety of flooring options for our customers to choose from. Our Langley store provides hardwood flooring, carpeting, vinyl, laminate and tile products, as well as high-quality granite, quartz and marble countertops, wine racks and kitchen cabinets. With floor installation services and excellent customer satisfaction, stop by our store or visit our website for more information.