Discover the Best Wood Flooring Option For Your Home
Hardwood floors are beautiful, timeless flooring options that look stunning in any home. Hypoallergenic, natural, durable, and easy to maintain, wood flooring also increases your home’s value. There’s a number of wood species used in hardwood flooring, including oak, maple, Brazilian walnut, California redwood, African mahogany, spruce, and pine.
In addition to deciding on a species, you also need to consider cut, pattern, and grade. Cut refers to the “angle in relation to the grain” when wood is being cut, with typical cuts including plain, standard, quartered, riftsawn, and quartersawn.
Pattern is generally of the strip or plank variety, while grade differs by species. The higher the grade, the higher the quality of the wood.
So what else should be considered when searching for the best wood flooring option?
Is your hardwood flooring going in an area of your home where foot traffic is heavy? Your best option is the hardest wood you can find. Hardwood comes from angiosperm, or flowering, plants such as maple, oak, and walnut. Softwood is derived from gymnosperm trees, such as pine, spruce, and other evergreens. Use hardwood in heavy traffic areas, and softwood in less-used rooms/spaces.
As much as you love your doggy friend, you will not love the scratches and scuffs on hardwood from its claws. Dog claws aren’t retractable like cat claws, so either prevent Fido from entering rooms with hardwood flooring, or choose a solid, pre-finished hardwood featuring multiple layers of stains and seals. Softwoods, such as pine and fir, do not work in a house with dogs, no matter how many sealants and waxes you apply.
The Engineered Option
Another possibility regarding the best wood flooring option is engineered hardwood. Featuring durable wear layers for added longevity, engineered hardwood uses cross-ply construction. This means you can install in it rooms with high moisture content, such as bathrooms, and over concrete.
Use these tips to determine the best hardwood flooring for your needs!
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16 thoughts on “Discover the Best Wood Flooring Option For Your Home”
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I’m glad that you mentioned the importance of taking pets into consideration when choosing which type of wood flooring to use. Like you said, dogs will often end up leaving scratches all over a wood floor if you’re not careful. Choosing a hardwood that has plenty of protection is necessary if your dog will be walking on it. Thanks for the article.
I have always wanted wood flooring in my home. Now that we are remodeling, I have that chance! However, it can be hard to find the right type of wood, so thanks for the tips here. From what you have said, engineered wood sounds like a great option.
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I find it helpful that you suggested that a homeowner with a dog or cat should opt for hardwood with multiple layers of stains and seals to avoid getting scratches and scuffs on it. Aside from that, one should also consider hiring a local cleaning service to maintain it once every three months after it is installed. Doing this will help extend its lifespan.
My wife and I are hoping to remodel our upstairs kitchen and living room at some point this summer. We currently have old carpet and laminate flooring that we would love to replace with hardwood. I appreciate your tip about how hardwood is a really good option if it’s in a place that will get a lot of foot traffic. We’re hoping to find an experienced professional who can help us choose the right material and install it for us.
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Thanks for the tip about using the hardwood in areas with lots of traffic. My sister is planning to get some hardwood floors in her kitchen. She really wants to get a timber floor installed by a professional.
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