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How to choose hardwood flooring

Flooring is one of the most basic, yet essential, decisions a homeowner has to make when managing a renovation. Not only does the floor set the style of the entire room, but it is also a significant investment and ultimate expression of your style. Wood floors are always in demand, but they are not all created equal. Selecting the right hardwood flooring is not just a matter of picking out a preferred color; there is a lot more to it.

What is the room like in which you’re installing?

This is a big question because it might determine whether you select solid or engineered wood flooring. Like solid wood floors, engineered has all the beautiful undertones, quirky knots, and swirls, and raised grains. It can be refinished and adds real estate value and is also more stable and can handle water better. That’s because of the construction; while solid is one thickness, engineered is layered. Each layer is placed in a crosswise position, and that gives it stability.

As a result, it can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture places where solid cannot go, such as basements. If your room is prone to moisture, engineered may be something you wish to explore.

Currently, engineered hardwood is taking a major share of the wood flooring industry because it offers both beauty and practicality.

Installation differs for both. Solid requires tongue and groove, then nailing or gluing, but engineered offers a floating floor. Pieces click together, form a mat, and then hover over the subfloor, which only needs to be clean, dry, and level. Engineered can be installed over concrete.

How to choose a species

Here, you will have to consider any additional durability issues and style because they all don't have the same levels of toughness. Hickory is regarded as the toughest domestic, followed by oak, cherry, maple, and walnut. Exotic woods, many of which come from locations like South America, Africa, and Indonesia, are among the very hardest. Style-wise, they are also darker and more dramatic.

Also consider thickness, because it determines how often a floor can be sanded and refinished. The ideal thickness for solid wood floors is ¾-inch thick and can be sanded up to six times. Engineered wood flooring ranges from ⅝ to ½-inch, and it can be sanded up to five times.

We will help you sort it all out and give you a free estimate as well. When shopping for hardwood flooring in Northwood, OH, Toledo, OH, Oregon, OH, Millbury, OH, and Curtice, OH, feel free to speak to one of the wood flooring experts at Carpet Source Plus. Visit our showroom in Northwood, OH today.