Hardwood flooring is a beautiful, classic addition to any home in the Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA area. This timeless material pairs strength with warmth and livability. It’s an excellent investment that your family will enjoy now and can contribute to the resale value of your home in the future.
The decision to install hardwood flooring is only the first of many choices you’ll have to make along the way. Read on for the five essential things to consider when selecting your floor.
Do you have kids or pets? Or maybe you’re a single person who travels frequently? Your lifestyle is an important consideration when picking out any floor covering. A harder wood will wear better in a high-traffic household, so pay close attention to the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting a wood species for your home.
2. Home Décor
Different hardwood flooring materials speak to different styles of home. Consider your other home furnishings and finishes when selecting a hardwood. If you love a modern look, bamboo flooring could be a great addition. If your home is more traditional, oak is a timeless option.
Your subfloor may dictate the type of hardwood flooring you can install. The most common subfloors are concrete, plywood, and particleboard. Virtually any hardwood can be installed over plywood. Engineered hardwood is the best option for concrete, while particleboard will need to be replaced with plywood before hardwood installation.
4. Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
Solid hardwoods are constructed of a single piece of timber while engineered hardwood is made of a veneer layer set on plywood. Engineered varieties can be less expensive than solid hardwood and are a great choice for bathrooms or basements where humidity can be an issue.
5. Factory-Finished vs. Site-finished
Site-finished floors are sanded and stained in your home. This gives you full control over the final appearance of your floor, but can be a messy project requiring you to stay off the floors for some time. While you won’t get the same level of customization with factory-finished floors, the disruption in your home during installation is minimal.
Of course there are other factors to take into consideration when choosing hardwood flooring, such as the finish of the wood and your budget. Contact us at Floor Coverings International Concord for a free consultation. We’ll walk you through all the options and help you find the best hardwood floors for your home.
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