How To Choose The Right Hardwood Floors For Your Home

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Do you want to take the interior of your house to the next level? Do you want to wow people the moment they set foot in your home?

If so, classic hardwood floors should be at the top of your wish list!

How do you know what hardwood floors are going to be the best for you? Keep reading to find out how to choose the best hardwood floors for your home!

Hardwood Floors: What You Need to Know

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when choosing hardwood floors. Here are some of the most important things.

What Type Of Hardwood Floors

There are two main types of hardwood flooring, solid or engineered. The kind you choose will depend on your intent and the location you plan on putting it.

Solid hardwood is just that, single planks of hardwood that are usually 3/4 of an inch thick. If you are going to use this, you want to make sure the location is at ground level or above grade. The reason for this is that solid wood can expand or contract based on the humidity of the home.

Engineered hardwood is a manufactured plank made from layers of plywood with a single layer of thinner, solid hardwood. These are not affected by the humidity as much as solid hardwood, which allows you to use it throughout an entire house, even a basement.

Both are great options, but it's up to you to decide what you like best and what will look best with your home's floorplan.

What Species Of Hardwood

Your choice in hardwood species is going to depend largely on what kind of lifestyle you are living. If you have children or pets who make messes or spill things regularly, you are going to want something a little more durable like an Oak, Maple or Cherry wood. Hard hardwood is always going to be more durable.

If those things aren't an issue, a softer wood will give you more flexibility. Soft hardwood allows you to have more options for color as well as the ability to more easily stain the floors in whichever color you choose. And if you don't want to stain the floors, woods like mahogany, ebony or rosewood are beautiful all on their own.

What's This Going To Cost

This is the question that everyone wants to ask when it comes to hardwood floors. While this will definitely vary, the average cost of hardwood flooring is about $7/per square foot, but that's just for the wood. That is not including the cost of installation, if you have a professional do it, which you should!

Another thing to remember is that installing hardwood floors in your home will also increase its value. So even though there is an upfront cost, you will be able to enjoy that beautiful flooring for years to come, and then even profit off of it when you sell your home.

Go From Drab To Fab

It's time to take your home to the next level, and now that you know how to select the right hardwood floors for you, it's time to get to work. Start doing research on what floors you want and make a plan.

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