What to look for when choosing hardwood flooring

5 essential features of Hardwood floors
Focus on the details that matter the most.

So you’re ready to get rid of your old, worn out floors and replace them with hardwood flooring. As you will soon discover, hardwood flooring comes in a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and price points. And as you begin to weigh your options, you can quickly get overcome by the details. That is why we have put together this simple guide showing you what to look for when choosing hardwood flooring before you buy.

1. Type
Hardwood flooring is available in two basic types – solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood comes directly from actual logs while engineered hardwood is made of composite materials. Many people think solid hardwood looks better, but engineered hardwood is easier to install and maintain.

2. Species
Hardwood flooring is harvested from a number of different trees, and even from plant species like bamboo. Each species will give the floor its own unique features. Start by finding a species you like the look of, then consider how simple/difficult it will be to maintain. Generally, the harder the wood the longer it will last and the better it will insulate the space.

Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of different looks, from rustic to contemporary. That makes it easy to match your new floor with your existing décor, or to add a bold contrast. As you compare your choices, focus on the grain, color and overall appearance of the wood, and consider what it would look like spread out across an entire room.

4. Finish

The finish is really what determines the look of your hardwood flooring, which can be a good or bad thing. First, determine if the hardwood flooring you want requires finish or comes pre-finished. If it requires a finish, pick an option that complements the look of the wood and the look of the room around it. Consider maintenance too. Generally, the darker the finish, the more easily you will see dust and pet hair on the floor.

5. Cost and installation

The perfect hardwood flooring fits comfortably into your home improvement budget and can easily be installed in your home. Luckily, hardwood flooring is now available in so many varieties that you don’t have to compromise on looks or quality to find an affordable option. Seek out the help of a professional to get expert advice about the installation.

Find your hardwood flooring at Just Around the Corner
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to start examining samples. Head down to Just Around the Corner and work with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We can help you find the right option for you, save money, and even take care of the installation. From beginning to end, we have all of your hardwood flooring needs covered. Act fast to take advantage of substantial discounts!