How to Choose Wood Flooring

If you’re thinking about installing wood flooring then you’ve made a good decision up front. For example, do you have children and need a durable hardwood floor? Living With Your Flooring Decision

There are several wood features you need to consider when choosing wood flooring. Your hardwood floor choice is something you will live with for many years, so you want to spend the time needed to understand the qualities of wood flooring.

Wood flooring is divided into 3 main categories and within each category there are different species.

> Hardwoods – oak, cherry, walnut, birch, maple

> Exotic woods – mahogany, bamboo

Each species of wood has particular characteristics and those characteristics are what you want to consider when choosing hardwood flooring. By the way, all wood flooring is called hardwood flooring without regard to species.

Your style preferences will play a big role in the selection process as will the floor’s functionality. Following are the wood flooring features to consider.

> Stability – Wood flooring will expand and contract. If you live in a humid climate, then you will want flooring that has a lot of stability so you don’t end up with big gaps between wood flooring pieces.

> Grain – Wood has a particular grain unique to the wood. Match the Flooring to Your Needs

A professional flooring contractor with experience laying a variety of wood species can help you evaluate your flooring needs and match those needs to the best flooring choices. Hardwood flooring is beautiful and can enhance the appearance of your home while providing durability.