With the ringing in of the new year and the promise of a fresh start looming on the horizon we all look forward to embracing change. If one of your pet projects for the new year includes making an investment in hardwood flooring there are many factors to consider. Style, personal preference and budget all come into play. With proper installation, care and maintenance your investment will set the stage for many New Year celebrations to come.
A certified flooring inspector can help guide you in product selection for your project. Flooring inspectors bring a level of expertise and a comprehensive understanding of which floors work best in specific conditions throughout your home. Ready, set go! With over 50 species of wood on the market finding one that reflects your style is paramount. If your style is open and airy, light woods such as ash and maple could be your go to. Medium styled wood species such as Hickory and Oak create a warm and cozy ambiance. If stately and refined is the look you’re seeking, consider dark woods such as Walnut and Mahogany. To shine or not to shine, that is the question? Once again, it’s a matter of preference. Generally speaking; less sheen will camouflage small scratches and normal wear and tear. All finish sheens offer the same protection for your floor it’s merely a question of taste. You’ve determined the style now you need to consider both endurance and performance; each wood species is rated for it’s hardness and durability using a “Janka Scale”. Choose a high ranked wood if your lifestyle includes children, pets and heavy traffic.
Hardwood flooring adds value to any home, besides being beautiful, it’s environmentally friendly, hypo-allergenic and a surface that will last for decades to come.