Hardwood flooring is an obvious flooring option for many people. Hardwoods are durable, beautiful, timeless, and versatile. No matter what your décor is or what your interior design style is, there’s certain to be a hardwood flooring option that suits it. There are many different types of hardwood flooring styles though, and with options from domestic to exotic wood species, specifications such as solid or engineered planks, and all the accompanying choices, it can be hard to know what hardwood floor is the best for your home. That’s why the designers at Floor Coverings International of Largo, Clearwater, and Seminole, FL are here with tips to help!
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
One of the first considerations that you should make regards whether or not you want solid or engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring simply means that the plank is a solid piece of wood: the classic type of hardwood flooring plank that’s been used for centuries. Engineered hardwoods, though, are modern alternatives that have some advantages and drawbacks. Engineered hardwoods are made of wood bits that are fused together and covered by a veneer layer. This makes them more resistant to changes like warping due to humidity and moisture, to which solid hardwood flooring is notoriously susceptible. Engineered hardwood flooring can be used off grade, in rooms like basements where you wouldn’t normally be able to install hardwood flooring. On the other hand though, engineered hardwoods cannot be refinished as easily or as many times as solid hardwoods so they may have a shorter lifespan. Think about what your goals are for the room you’re reflooring before you decide on engineered or solid hardwoods.
Hardwood Flooring Color and Tone
The next thing that you should think about in terms of what hardwoods to choose is the color and tone of your hardwoods. There is a huge range of colors available, depending on the species of the wood used and the color of the stain. From pale whites and blondes, to ashy beiges and warm reds, and even to dark, rich browns and blacks, you have a plethora of color options available. Determine what the other colors you’ll be using in the room are, including the colors of the furniture and the walls, and choose a hardwood tone that complements your interiors. Some tones match with certain interior trends better than others. For instance, warm red oak is often used in more traditional interiors, while pale white and beige hardwoods are often used in minimalist and modern homes.
The last thing that it will be important to think about is the species of wood you want. Different wood species have different characteristics and appearances, and you’ll want to choose a wood species that fits your needs. Exotic hardwoods from places like Brazil or Asia tend to be much harder and denser than domestic or European hardwoods, for example. Northern red oak is the most common hardwood species used in North America, but don’t be afraid to try out different or less common wood species if you think that they’ll suit your home style better.
For more information on hardwood flooring, or to learn more about our products, call Floor Coverings International of Largo and Clearwater, FL today!