If you are re-modelling your home, you need to carefully consider the type of flooring that you choose. Hardwood floors should be considered before of the charm and richness that they provide. The problem that some people face is choosing the right hardwood floor from the options that are available.
The Wood Species
The first point that you need to consider when looking at hardwood floors is the actual wood that is being used. Hardwoods will vary in grain pattern, colour and durability so choosing the right one is essential. The most common species used are cherry, oak and maple because of the hardness. There are other more exotic woods such as mahogany and Brazilian cherry wood which are used for their striking appearance, but will not be as durable.
The Colours Of The Wood
When most people think about hardwood floors, they will imagine a dark wood. However, this is not always the case and there is a range of colours to choose from. Hardwoods can be found in black or blonde depending on the species of wood. The finish will also impact the colours of the wood.
It is possible to get hardwood floors that are shiny and have that new look to them. However, you can also buy new hardwood flooring that has an aged and timeworn look as well. There are many manufacturers that provide a hand-scraped and distressed hardwood which will provide you with a unique texture.
One of the most important aspects of any hardwood floor is how hard it actually is. This is something of particular importance to households that have a lot of foot traffic, children and pets. These households should look at getting the hardest wood that they can because it will last longer. Red oak and other hard species are recommended because the softer ones like pine will show scratches.
All hardwood floors should have a finish which protects the wood. However, they will also generally have a finish which provides luster and colours to the wood. Most of the commercially available hardwood will be pre-finished which makes installation easier and will eliminate the dust that finishing creates. Factory finished woods will also come with a longer warranty and this is something that you need to consider.
There are many points that you have to consider when looking at hardwood floors. The type of wood, the finish and the hardness should all be considered before any decisions are made.
At Milton Hardwood Flooring, we pride ourselves on helping the people of Milton find the best hardwood flooring for their homes. With everything ranging from vintage to superior hardwood flooring and everything in between, we know we can find you the best hardwood flooring that will fit your budget and make your home look amazing! Give us a call toll-free at 1-866-414-0022, visit us at 53 Steeles Ave East in Milton or browse our selection online at miltonhardwood.com!