WHAT IS INVOLVED IN CHOOSING A HARDWOOD FLOOR?

Posted on Aug 2, 2019

You know that hardwood flooring is the right choice for your home or property but how to you choose and how much do you spend? You may be re-decorating or repairing older and out of date floors or you may be moving in and putting your own signature on the place. When it comes to hardwood there are many options. First, there is the species or type of wood – Oak, Birch, Maple, Brazilian Cherry and Hickory are just a few of the different options available to you. At the Hardwood Flooring Store we have options that are only available to our location for our customers. All of our products come in its own distinct colours, widths and a range of hardness to suit a variety of options. Kitchens require harder wood than your living room… generally.

 

Then you need to decide whether you want solid wood or engineered wood, the latter being a compression of many layers of ply that are stronger and not as costly. Choosing a hardwood floor is not just a case of saying “That one looks nice”. You need to consider a number of factors to determine the best type of wood flooring that will have the best impact on your home.

 

The current floor structure
 

This will depend on whether it is for your basement or upper levels of your home and what type of subfloor you have. Your subfloor can be constructed of concrete, plywood or particle board. In Canada the only place you will find concrete is your basement. You shouldn’t lay a hardwood directly on top of a concrete floor – an engineered floor should be used. This doesn’t mean you are opting for something that is sub-standard. There are many really high quality engineered flooring options available at the Hardwood Flooring Store.

 

The usage of the particular area
 

Where are you installing the new hardwood floor? Is it for a room that is used for entertaining and saved for special occasions or is it the kid’s playroom? Different words will withstand different amounts of wear and tear. If your child is going to be rolling cars along it or (perish the thought) has a habit of drawing on the floors or leaning on the floor whilst writing, you may want to re-consider your plan to put solid hardwood flooring down.
 

Does it need to match adjoining floors?
 

Are you just looking at installing a hardwood floor in one room? If so does it need to match the rest of the property? If it is going to run into a room that already has a solid floor do you need to match or will the run through look odd and mismatched? You may need to match the size of the boards and the colour as closely as possible. A good flooring company will be able to ensure that you know all of the options available to you.

 

Are they proven low in VOC finishes and adhesives?
 

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are gases that are harmful to humans. Some health effects include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination and nausea. They are found in paints, sprays, supplies, preservatives and many more manufactured products. These pose danger to human health.
 

The good news is that hardwood flooring is proven low in VOC finishes and adhesives. (At least Canadian and US made hardwood flooring) Hardwood flooring compared to other types of flooring like carpets, linoleum and vinyl flooring was found to have very little amounts of volatile organic compounds.

Protect your family with a health-friendly flooring!

 

The lighting in the room
 

Are you flooring a room that is dark with not much light available? If so you probably want to consider a lighter wood to try and create more of a light feel. Putting down a black floor is no good in a room that is already limited when it comes to light. Is the rest of the room and the décor light and airy? Does it need to match a theme or will you decorate to match the floor or vice versa? Different woods have different colours but if you really like the look and feel of a particular wood that may be rather light you can of course stain it darker.
 

Your budget
 

Trying to come up with a budget is not that difficult. How often can you buy something that you know will last 20 years or more. This is the time to spend the money and get what you really want. Like anything the higher the budget the more options and quality choices you have, but most solid woods are affordable and shouldn’t break the bank.
 

Maintenance vs appearance of the floor
 

What’s important to you – is it the maintenance and upkeep of the floor or is it the appearance? If you want something that you can just put the vacuum over and that won’t take much maintenance you will probably be better advised to go for a hardwood floor that has been pre-finished in the factory. This means that it will have had several coats of protection. It will have a glossy finish though so if you are more concerned about appearance then you may want to go for a more natural finish.

 

Talk to the experts
 

Of course, with so many options and points to consider you may want some assistance and sound advice to aide you with your decision making. When it comes to advice make sure you speak to experts that know what they are talking about and will offer you the best opinions based on experience. Contact us at the Hardwood Flooring Store and we can help you get the floors of your dreams.

 

 
       
 
   
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