Hardwood flooring is not just a “choose it and forget it” floor covering. You actually have a plethora of options to choose from that not only have a bearing on the performance of the flooring in general, but that can also be utilized to create a truly unique and personalized surface. Taking the time to specify the perfect wood species, stain color, and finish type can all work together to create a flooring you’ll wish you had chosen sooner.
Wood species is especially important as they vary in hardness. Some are much softer than others, and not necessarily a good choice for heavily trafficked spaces. The busier a room is, the harder the species will need to be in order to provide the necessary length of lifespan. Softer varieties are better for areas with little to no traffic, such as closets and pantries.
The finish you choose will also mean a lot to your flooring. The high-gloss, magazine-perfect look works very well for some. But for those with hectic homes, a finish like vintage, distressed, or wire-brushed can go a long way in hiding signs of wear such as scratches and scuffs. When signs of wear do finally start to show through, you can schedule a refinishing project and bring your floors right back to a like-new finish all over again.