The Questions You Need to Ask Before You Pick a Hardwood Floor

Knowing that you want hardwood floors must be easy, right? Decision made. If only it were that simple.

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Not only are there many different options in terms of wood and colour, but you need to carefully consider the room it’s going into and how much traffic it will see. How will you decorate the room? What sort of furnishings are you planning?

First Things First

Do you want or need solid wood, or is engineered wood a viable alternative? Solid wood is, as the name suggests, made from wood alone. Engineered wood is cheaper, because it is a real wood veneer on top of a plywood base.

Where Will it Go?

Engineered wood is better in dealing with moisture and less likely to warp than solid wood, so might be better for a kitchen or bathroom. It works well on concrete slab subfloors. Think about which room you are proposing to have wooden flooring like oak wood flooring – it’s very different putting wood floors down on a second storey as opposed to a basement or ground floor. A basement might be far ‘wetter’ thanks to water content below ground.

Living in the House

How people ‘live’ in the house will play a large part in the decision making process.

Cost and maintenance will be a factor in your choice, and it is worth considering the sheer number of different woods available, from traditional oak and walnut through to maple. Consider too how you will finish the flooring – a polyurethane stain with a high gloss finish, or an oil finish that won’t exacerbate the appearance of chips and nicks?

Check out consumer guide Which? for more suggestions on how to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home.

Once you have made the decision and are certain that wood flooring is right for your home, deal with experts in their field, like online retailers Wood Floor Warehouse.

Where are the high-traffic areas in your home? Do the children understand about scratching or damaging wood? Can they be careful and respectful? Do you have any pets whose claws might damage the floor? Is this a party house? The more traffic anticipated, the harder the wood you should choose. You might also factor in the pattern of the grain, and the colour or stain.

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