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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Hardwood Floor

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

Shopping for a wood floor can be a bit intimidating with the range of woods, colors, and finishes available today. When it comes to selecting the ideal wood floor for your home, there are five factors to keep in mind.

When shopping for new flooring, homeowners owe it to themselves to explore the advantages and beauty of wood. Nothing compares to the character and warmth that wood floors add to every area in the house. They are comfortable, resilient, and surprisingly economical. While there are many options, not every type of wood flooring is appropriate for every situation.

#1 Type of Wood Flooring

There are primarily two types of wood flooring products—solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid wood flooring is milled from solid wood logs and is joined with a traditional tongue and groove along the edges. Solid wood is available prefinished or unfinished, in parquet, strips and planks.

Engineered wood flooring is comprised of multiple layers of plywood and composite material, and topped with a layer of solid hardwood. Engineered wood flooring comes with a hardwood layer on top ranging in thickness from 3 mm to 8 mm.

While both types offer the same beauty of real hardwood, the primary difference between solid hardwood and engineered flooring is in the floor’s composition. Since solid wood flooring is subject to expand and contract relative to a home’s humidity, it needs to be installed on the ground floor. Engineered flooring, which is more stable due to its multi-ply construction, can be installed in other parts of the home, making it perfect for kitchen and bathrooms where dampness and moisture can be issues.

#2 Choice of Wood Species

There are many different types of woods used in flooring, but some are harder and therefore more durable than others. Day to day wear and tear is what concerns most people when shopping for a wood floor and the benchmark for hardness is Oak. Top-selling exotic woods such as Brazilian Cherry, Ironwood, and Tasmania Oak are among the hardest species available. Naturally, the harder the wood, the better it will be for wear and installation in high-traffic areas of the home.