So you have decided to go timely and timeless by installing hardwood flooring in your home. That’s great! Wood floors are durable, comfortable underfoot and can add beauty to your home. Considering how expensive the material and installation is, you want to make sure it’s the best choice for your home.

In this blog post, we’ll give you a list of things you need to consider before buying hardwood floor. Read on so you can make the most informed decision.

Solid or engineered wood?

Solid and engineered hardwoods are both made from 100% real wood. A lot of homeowners, however, prefer engineered wood over solid wood. Aside from the ease of maintenance, it is also relatively cheaper. Plus, it is not affected by moisture.

Solid wood floor, on the other hand, will contract and expand due to moisture and temperature changes. That said, it can only be installed in rooms at ground level or above. But one of the biggest advantages of solid hardwood is that it can be refinished several times; hence, extending the lifespan of your floor.

How much exposure to sunlight does the room get?

Hardwood floors will fade over time. However, exposure to sunlight will accelerate this process.

Blinds, shutters and drapes may not be what you had in mind when you built your home, but these window treatments can protect your hardwood floor from UV damage. Keep the blinds or curtains closed during the day to prevent fading. /p>

Are there children or pets in the house?

Children and pets are the two best additions to your household. As much as we love them, they can do a lot of damage on wood floors.

But if your taste leans more toward an elegant hardwood floor, wood species such as oak, Brazilian walnut and Brazilian cherry should be on your list. These are harder species and are much more durable than the others, which mean they won’t scratch or dent easily.

If you’re looking for hardwood flooring, please call 303-432-3566. We’ll help you choose the right floor for your home and your budget.