Consider these 6 options
When choosing hardwood floors for your home, the choices can be overwhelming. What color? Which wood grain? Finished or unfinished? This is when you’ll want to talk to the experts at Sequoia Ltd. Hardwood flooring is our specialty, so we understand the seemingly endless options that are available. Before you choose your hardwood flooring, consider these six basic options:
- Wood species
At Sequoia, we offer a wide range of wood species to choose from. The most popular are oak, maple and cherry. They’re known for being very durable. There are also more exotic woods like Brazilian cherry or mahogany, which may not be as hard, but are sometimes preferred for the stunning impression they make. There is also cork, which has grown in popularity because of its practical, as well as aesthetically pleasing, capabilities. The type of wood you choose should depend on your personal preferences when it comes to durability, color and grain patterns.
- Board widths
Believe it or not, the width of the wood board can create an entirely different look in any given room. Want a room to look larger, more spacious? Choose narrow boards, which are considered less than three inches. Wide planks, on the other hand, have become a favorite choice for homeowners who want to create a rustic look. Parquet floors are made up of squares and rectangles, and are often used for formal living areas.
The color of wood depends on the wood grain, finish and other factors. It can vary from white to blond, all the way to black, depending on your personal style. Remember, it’s better to complement furniture, cabinetry and walls, rather than trying to match. For example, a dark floor color in the kitchen can make light cabinetry really come alive. Please see last week’s blog, which provides tips on choosing a color that’s right for you.
You can choose a purposely worn, distressed wood to create a specific look, as well as hide any scratches. If you’re brave, you can also go with a shiny, brand new looking floor that appears showroom ready. There are also many variations in between. Also, if you choose Luxury Vinyl Tile instead of hardwood, you’ll notice than it offers a textured surface with can mimic wood flooring, a nice feature for homeowners who choose that flooring option.
The degree of hardness should suit your lifestyle. For example, if you’re a busy family with kids and pets, or you have a lot of friends and parties with constant traffic on your floors, you’ll want to get the hardest wood possible. A hard wood, like red oak, can handle the dog’s scratches and dropped glasses. It can be simply sanded and refinished, lasting through many years of wear and tear. If you’re a retired couple whose house is quieter and less chaotic, softer woods, such as pine, may be the way to go. Keep in mind, softer woods will show scratches much easier. However, if you prefer the look of pine, or another softer wood, just remember that proper maintenance and preventive care can help you keep your floors looking like new. (See some of our past blogs for tips on caring for your hardwood floors.)
The finish protects the surface of your floors and also gives additional color to them. Sequoia offers prefinished, as well as unfinished, flooring. Prefinished floors make installation much easier, and eliminate chemical odors, dust and time to wait to bring your furniture back and live in your home again. Factory finishes usually have longer warranties because they’re longer lasting and more durable than finishes that are applied on-site. Urethane is the most common type of finish available.
For those who prefer on-site finishes, you can choose from a greater variety of stain colors. Also, solid hardwood that’s finished on-site can be refinished an unlimited number of times. However, prefinished wood has such a tough veneer, it eliminates the need for repeated refinishing.
Sequoia sells all types of hardwood flooring—from different species and colors to finished or unfinished. We sell AND install. We also work with you to help you maintain your floors for years to come. Talk with us today!