Hardwood is the most sought out flooring material for a home, especially for its warm visual appeal. Research is the best way to choose which wood species, staining, patterns that best fits your need and your lifestyle.
Red oak, white oak, and maple are utilized most frequently amongst the vast amount of wood species to choose from:
Red Oak is the most heavily used wood species as it wears various stainings like a glove. Because of its heavy graining, it tends to make a space feel cozier. The evenness of color and durability is what most people sought out for when choosing a wood species, thus another reason for its popularity.
White oak, just as red oak, takes stains very evenly but because of its pinkish and greyish undertone, it will stain very differently. It also has great stability because of its hardness. White oak has a moderate to heavy graining which again will deliver a warmer atmosphere.
MapleMaple is considered one of the hardest out of all of the wood species, and because of its light, consistent graining, it helps the space feeling open and airy. This particular wood species is installed in more contemporary styled homes and is best used with lighter stains.
Depending on the moisture content and humidity of the space, will determine which type of hardwood flooring best matches your needs: solid or engineered flooring.
Solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood that varies from ¾” to 5/16” inches in thickness, and because of its thickness, this type of hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times. The downfall of solid hardwood is that it tends to expand and contract, depending on the humidity, and for that reason, the installer will leave a gap between the floor and the wall.
Engineered hardwood is a manufactured product, where the top layer is bonded under extreme heat and pressure to multiple layers of wood veneers. Because the engineered hardwood is adhered under extreme and pressure, where the wood graining is formatted in a perpendicular manner, this type of flooring has much more stable and is ideal in spaces with varying climates like the basement. The amount of times you can sand and refinish the flooring is reduced dramatically because of its thin layer, versus solid hardwood. Because its tongue and groove installation, these flooring do not need to be glued or nailed.
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written by: Mimi Lee – Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions