Within the many various options you
have in hardwood flooring, odds are there are only a few that are going to
match your needs perfectly. For example, there are plenty of wood species to
choose from, but only a few will be best suited for your floors. Busy
households with larger amounts of traffic mean you’ll need a denser hardwood,
such as oak. On the other hand, if you’re flooring a bedroom or closet space,
with much less traffic, you can afford to choose a softer wood without
It works in much the same way with
the finish you choose, as well as the stain color and other available options.
Busy households, for instance, would fare better with a distressed or hand
scraped finish, which helps to hide signs of wear and tear, and can give you
more time between refinishing projects.
Let’s not forget that hardwood
flooring is never an acceptable material to place in below grade spaces. The
news isn’t all bad, though, because in these situations you can choose an
engineered wood flooring that will allow you to keep that same great
wall-to-wall look of real wood flooring.