How to Choose the Best Hardwood Floors
You have made the decision to update the flooring in your home and you have even decided for sure you want to install hardwoods. So you are good to go, right? Well, maybe. Just deciding you are going to install hardwoods does not mean your decision-making days are over. There are a lot of things to consider when installing new floors and your situation can dictate which kind of hardwood you select.
The kind of floor you install will depend on whether you have a busy family with young children or if you are a single professional who does not spend a lot of time at home. A finish such as a matte or wire brushed is best for households with busy family members who may wear down the flooring quicker; these finishes will also show less scratches and dirt so they will appear newer for longer. For those who are not home all the time or do less living in their home a high gloss finish may be best for you.
Solid wood floors are recommended for installation at ground level and above. Due to being a natural material, they are prone to expanding and contracting with the presence of moisture, and basements tend to be a little damper than areas of the house above ground level.
Take a look around your house: will the floors you have selected match what you already have? Is your home filled with natural light, or is it a little on the darker side? It is important to consider what your new floors will look like with the items you already have in your home. It would be a bad ending if you found floors you loved, but once they were installed you realized they did not match or compliment a single item in your home. It is also important to consider how dark or light the floors are going to be. If you have lots of natural light in your home dark floors will balance well, but if you do not have large windows or your home is just a little darker you may want to think about having a lighter floor.