Wood Flooring: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Wood floors are an elegant, beautiful, and functional addition to the living spaces of your home. Before you embark on a wood flooring project, there are several important factors to consider. Here is what you need to know before you buy wood floors:

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Wood Species

Different species of wood will provide your hardwood floors with unique characteristics. Some samples of hardwood species include ash, oak, maple, cherry and bamboo. Be sure to look at samples of each type of wood before you decide on what type will be the best fit for your home. Consider the hardness of the wood, as well as its color and patterning.


The subfloor is the base on which the finished hardwood flooring is installed. Depending on the type of subflooring in your home, your hardwood floors will require different installation methods. You will need to determine what type of subfloor you have before you purchase your wood floors. A subfloor with no crawl spaces or venting is called a concrete floor, and will provide a very solid base for your wood flooring. Subflooring that has a crawl space and exterior venting is called a raised wood subfloor.

Location of Floor

The type of wood you choose will depend on the area of your home that the floor will be located. In the kitchen or bathroom, you will need to choose extremely durable wood that has been treated for moisture resistance. In high traffic areas such as the family room or living room, you will also want to choose durable hardwood. Finding the proper wood for each area of your home will ensure that you have beautiful floors that last for many years to come.

The wood flooring experts at Southern Lumber of San Jose can walk you through all of the steps you need to take before you buy your wood floors. We feature an extensive inventory of hardwood flooring materials, and we provide expert installation service. To make an appointment, call us at (408) 297-9663.

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