Choosing a hardwood for your Montco home can seem like a daunting task. In order to make this project more manageable, focus on the right questions and research specific qualities about wood species. Your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Montco have put together some of the most important factors to consider.
Not all hardwood is created equally, so pay close attention to the Janka hardness rating before selecting your flooring species. The higher the score, the more resistant it will be to scratches and dents that could come from everyday wear and tear. If you are a busy household and your hardwood will see a lot of foot traffic, or if you have pets running around, choose a higher-rated wood. Always apply a protective finish to your hardwood to reinforce the durability and prolong its lifespan.
If matching the current aesthetic of your home is your top priority when reflooring, ask to see a variety of woods in their natural color. The majority of hardwood species will accept stain evenly, but the authentic look of hardwood is unbeatable. There are more species than you can imagine and you will surely find a hue you love. For a modern look, choose a tight-grained hardwood with a uniform profile. However, many homes are embracing species that have wild grain marks, knots, or streaks for a more rustic, natural appeal. Keep in mind, less uniform woods will help hide acquired scratches or dents.
Before you dive into samples and design, budget your project. The prices of hardwood can increase rapidly based on the species, finish, and difficulty of installation. If you have your eye on an exotic variety, be aware of how much it will cost, and don’t forget to factor in labor. Once you have a budget in mind, contact your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Montco and we will bring samples to you in your price range.
Think about where you want your hardwood to go, and how the use of that room will affect your floors. For hardwood in the kitchen or entryway, choose a species that can stand up to heavy foot traffic. In a room that gets a lot of natural light, find a hardwood that is less prone to sun bleaching so you don’t have to cover it up with an area rug. There are many factors to consider, and every home is unique. You can always find ways to help protect your investment, but if you understand the limitations of your space beforehand, you will likely choose a species that is better for your home and lifestyle.
Allow us to help you make this decision. Schedule a free design consultation and no obligation cost estimate with the Floor Coverings International Montco mobile showroom. We will bring the samples to you so you can see how the colors, grains, and hardness will look and feel in your home. Call us today!