Hardwood floors enhance the look and feel of your home. There are many options amongst hardwood floors, from specialty woods for a custom look, to durable and weather-coated flooring for decks and outdoor living. With some careful consideration over the following four factors, hardwood floors will give your home a classic look and feel, and also increase the value of your home.
- Budget. Set a budget for your hardwood flooring. This will help to narrow the search between hardwood flooring options. You don’t want to be drawn to a specialty wood only to discover it’s outside of your budget.
- Material. The type of sub-flooring you have may help to determine your hardwood flooring material. Solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring are most common in homes. Engineered wood flooring uses a faux-wood laminate over real wood. Engineered wood flooring is cost efficient and often indistinguishable from solid wood flooring. Solid wood flooring is more expensive, but also lasts longer and can be refinished multiple times without being replaced. Also, consider specialty wood alternatives such as environmentally friendly bamboo or cork.
- Size and pattern. Strip flooring consists of thin, long planks. It’s most common because of its installation cost efficiency. Plank flooring takes a little more work installing, but can be worth the effort if you prefer wide planks. Parquet flooring is set in geometric shapes, as opposed to strips or planks, offering rooms a unique look and feel.
- Finish and color. Lastly, you want to consider the finish of your hardwood flooring. Consider existing elements, such as vanities and cabinetry or interior and exterior doors. These elements commonly have wood finishes and you want to ensure they go together. Remember that dark finishes are best for larger rooms and light finishes open up a small room.
For help choosing perfect hardwood flooring for your home, contact Southern Lumber of San Jose, CA. Visit our website or call (408) 297-9663 to see our many options for hardwood flooring in your home.