Hardwood flooring is an easy to maintain, durable surface that can increase a home’s resale value. Take a moment to check out these four factors to consider if you’re looking at hardwood flooring for your home.
1. Wood Species
It is important to carefully consider the species of wood you choose, as different varieties offer specific looks and levels of durability. Red oak, for example, has a light reddish tone, is water resistant, and is perfect for family homes with high-traffic areas. Hickory, on the other hand, is a strong wood species with a straight grain that is available in shades that range from light reddish brown to off-white.
2. Gloss Level
The gloss level you choose will have an important impact on the flooring’s appearance and maintenance requirements. High-gloss is the most dazzling level of gloss and has an unmatched shine. Semi-gloss has slightly less shine than high-gloss and does a better job of reducing the appearance of dirt and scratches. A satin sheen is a popular choice for families with kids or pets, as it protects well and requires less maintenance.
Solid hardwood flooring is made entirely of wood. It must be nailed into a wooden sub-floor and cannot be installed directly on top of concrete. It can be re-sanded several times to eliminate scratches, expanding its lifespan by decades. Engineered wood flooring looks like solid wood on the surface, but has a large amount of plywood underneath. Unlike hardwood flooring, it can be used in areas with moisture, like basements, and can be installed directly onto concrete slabs. However, engineered wood flooring does not stand up well to sanding.
An unfinished hardwood floor has a color of its own, but wood finishing gives you the option of darkening or otherwise enhancing that color. You should consider what shade and color will best match your home’s style before making your purchase.
If you would like to learn more about wood flooring options, call Hicks today at (210) 775-6878. Our employees are trained to perform carpet, hardwood, tile, and laminate flooring installations quickly and correctly.