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Finding the Right Hardwood Flooring for Your Home

Finding the Right Hardwood Flooring for Your Home

02 Mar, 2017  /  by canopyadmin

Hardwood flooring is a common choice among homeowners because it’s visually appealing. However, installing hardwood flooring isn’t as easy as your selection of color, which is why you can rely upon our team of hardwood flooring installers. There are different choices of wood, which include different textures. Then of course, you have a variety of finishes that you can choose from, which will impact the life span of your hardwood flooring choice. All of these hardwood flooring selections will impact the value of your home and should be made based on your lifestyle.

Before choosing your hardwood flooring, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Where is the hardwood flooring being placed?
  • How much traffic is expected in the hardwood flooring areas?
  • How much traffic is in the rest of the home?
  • What pets do you have or are planning to get?
  • Is the furniture being replaced or moved any time in the near future?
  • What is the amount that you have in your budget for hardwood flooring?
  • Do you know the proper maintenance of hardwood flooring?

Now, hardwood flooring is beautiful, of course. But you will want to maintain your hardwood flooring. Even a single drop of water can affect your hardwood flooring over a long period of time, which is why it is important to wipe up any spills when you see them. The reason you will want to consider the traffic of the room for your hardwood flooring, is because you have to know how durable the floorboards need to be, and which type of finishing you’ll want.

Finishes are the sealant over the hardwood flooring that protects them for damage. Choosing the right finish for your lifestyle is the key to having a nice floor that won’t need to be replaced for a long time. A good finish means a long life span and is worth the investment.

Of course, the finish is only the surface, the layer between your feet and the hardwood flooring. Most finishes are clear, regardless of their base, so they hardly affect the color. You can buy your hardwood flooring already finished. The applied finish will bond the boards together, creating a tighter seal that prevents water damage to your hardwood flooring. If you choose finished wood, the stain is already applied. You can also choose from engineered hardwood or solid hardwood flooring.

The benefit of solid hardwood flooring is that it can still be sanded and perfected. Unfortunately, this type of wood is influenced by the changes in the weather, including humidity. This means the floorboards will raise themselves if they aren’t sealed properly. If you’re putting your hardwood flooring in a high-traffic area, you’ll want more durable choice. So, many prefer to go with the engineered wood, because it is more durable over long periods of time.

A few choices of hardwood flooring you have is oak, maple and cherry. These are the most common choices and readily available. The more rare wood species, like Jarrah or teak are more expensive.

If you’re looking for decorative hardwood flooring, you can choose a more rare finished wood. But if you’re looking for a floor that will last over use, choose engineered oak or maple with a tough finish.

Contact Canopy Hardwood at 864-595-3850 or via email to meet with someone on our team to discuss your hardwood flooring needs. We offer exceptional hardwood flooring products, materials and top-notch service at a reasonable price!

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