Choosing Hardwood Floors for Your Space
The selection process when choosing a new hardwood floor is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it affects every other little thing. While there are plenty of different alternatives, from carpeting to tiles, REM Decor knows that the most versatile and classic is hardwood.
There are many questions to ask yourself when picking your hardwood: is your budget the biggest factor? Or is the appearance all you care about? Determining what’s most important to you will help you choose the right choice a little easier.
Here are some of my top tips:
Know Your Material
Your basic choices are solid wood and synthetic wood. Solid wood is what you normally think of as a hardwood flooring: thick, solid planks of timber. Engineered wood is constructed from a veneer layer that rests atop a core of plywood. The construction of the flooring you’re working with will help determine what kind of wood would be best for your space.
Typically, oak is the most common choice of wood flooring. It’s a very sturdy wood that holds well with age. It has a beautiful natural grain and white oak is typically chosen because it doesn’t have the pinkish tones of red oak. In other instances, walnut is a more a prominent selection. While a little softer compared to oak, it has a deep color that makes it excellent for rooms where a darker surface is desired. Other easily available woods include cherry, hickory, maple, and ash. The final decision greatly boils down to individual choice in regards to shade and grain.
Go for Quality
Just like most products, not all hardwood is created equal. Choosing a product isn’t really just a matter of selecting a favourite colour. You want to make sure that you’re choosing something that will last a long time and not just look good for the short term. A variety of various other factors can also come into play that have an effect your choice. Don’t forget to consider the durability of the wood, as well as its ability to hide scrapes, damages and dirt.
Think about Traffic
The more people that are walking on the floor, the more durable your coating should be. If you have kids or animals, select a distinctive wood floor or one with personality and color variant. Matte coatings also tend to lessen the appearance of damages and scratches.
There are many other things to thing about when choosing a hardwood floor, but it’s best to start with these. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to reach out to REM Decor and contact us today!