When it comes to flooring options, wood is one of the first materials that come to mind. It adds charm, character and is something that can last a lifetime. But selecting the right flooring type can be a challenge. Here are the 3 things you need to ask yourself when determining what wood flooring will be best in your home.
The type of subfloor in your home will play a lot into determining what material you can use. Hardwoods aren't the best option for concrete subfloors, but plywood subfloor will work with either hardwood or engineered flooring. For older homes that still have particleboard, it will need to be replaced before using either flooring type.
Where you are putting the floors will also help you determine what to use. For high traffic areas like the kitchen and the entry way, you'll want to choose a hardwood like red oak because it's the most durable. The wood will most likely get scratched over time, especially with kids or pets, but it can be refinished over and over again. Engineered wood flooring won't scratch as easily but you won't be able to refinish it as many times.
Though wood can be finished and stained in many different colors, the wood naturally lends itself to certain styles. The lighter color of maple makes it perfect for a very modern home, while oak and hickory are a bit more traditional. But that's not to say you can't mix styles! Be sure to think about the elements of the room as a whole and not just the floors by themselves. You'll want everything in the room to flow together.
Hopefully now you'll have a better understanding of what type of wood flooring you'll need. We would love to hear your questions in the comments below.