So you have decided to go both timeless and timely with hardwood floors. Now, you’re now preparing to buy wood flooring so you can get started on your project. Not so fast. There are a few things that need to be considered when buying wood flooring.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself when shopping for wood floor. By answering these questions, you can be sure that you can make the most informed choice and choose the best one for your needs.

Where is the room located?

Wood flooring is very versatile and will look great in any room in your house. But where you’re installing it will dictate which type of wood you should use. Solid wood can be used in almost any room above ground. Meaning, it can be installed in the bedroom, dining room, living room and even in the kitchen. The only place you can’t use hardwood is in the bathroom and the basement.

Engineered wood floors can be used in any room of the house, be it below grade or above ground. If you want wood floors on your basement, this is the way to go.

What is the room’s use and level of traffic?

While wood flooring is known for its durability, considering the level of traffic and the use of the room will help you choose the right type of wood flooring.

For areas with high level of traffic or for those who have pets and kids, Brazilian cherry would be a great choice. It is popular for its beauty, relative affordability and excellent hardness. Its Janka rating is 2820. Wide plank floors with highly defined wood grains will also be a good fit.

How much are you willing to spend?

The cost of wood flooring depends on the finish, the wood species and the type of wood flooring. Engineered pre-finished wood flooring usually runs from $1.69 to $8.79. Prices for solid pre-finished wood flooring range from $2.49 to $12. 69.