How to choose hardwood flooring

There’s a lot more to selecting wood floors than just choosing a color. While all hardwood flooring adds elegance and style to any home, each person needs to think about their own particular needs, so they choose the best one for them. Please continue reading to learn more.

Which version of hardwood is right for you?

There is solid wood and engineered wood flooring, with the latter taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry, appealing to people who want both beauty and practicality. These floors have construction that makes them stable and better able to handle water. You'll still have tour species-of-choice at the top, providing undertones, knots, swirls, and raised grains. Underneath, however, are at least three layers of genuine wood combined with a bit of resin, then placed in a crosswise position. As a result, the floor can be placed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid isn't recommended while adding value refinishing capabilities.

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Determine your choice of hardwood species

Do you want domestic hardwood (harvested within North America) or an exotic (harvested in locales like Brazil, Indonesia, South Asia, and Africa)? Domestics have a warmer tone, while exotics are dark and dramatic. You also need to know that all hardwoods don't have the same level of hardness; some domestics, like oak and hickory, as well as all exotics, are pretty hard.

Do you want factory or site finishing?

Many prefer factory finishing because they have samples in hand and can start the coordination process even before the floors arrive. The finishing is also stronger because ultra-strong products can only be used at the factory and are utilized. You also don't have to deal with odors or any mess. However, others prefer site finishing because there's a greater variety that allows for more control over sheen.
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Thickness and future hardwood refinishing

Whether solid or engineered, a more robust surface will allow for more refinishing, increasing the floor’s overall lifespan. Ideally, solid floors should have a density of ¾-inch and can be refinished up to six times. Engineered has a range of ⅜-inch to ½-inch. Thicker is better, and, depending on that number, these floors can be refinished up to five times.

Here for all your hardwood flooring questions

A customer once referred to us as master craftsmen, so you can always be sure of the high-quality installation, whether it's for hardwood flooring, carpet, tile, luxury vinyl, or laminate. We encourage you to visit the Brian's Carpet Inc showroom in Decatur, GA, for information and a free hardwood flooring quote. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around Decatur, GA, North Decatur, GA, Druid Hills, GA, Avondale Estates, GA, Scottdale, GA && Atlanta, GA.