Making the choice between solid and engineered wood is a simple as knowing exactly what you need. For instance, you won’t be able to place solid wood below grade, but engineered wood is fine for this purpose. Solid flooring also expands and contracts, depending upon temperature changes and humidity levels, but engineered does not.
Once you have that detail under wraps, it’s time to move on to the particular wood species you’d like to have. Again, this is going to be based upon your own personal needs. Harder woods will be necessary in homes where heavy foot traffic is expected on a regular basis. However, if you’re planning to cover the floors in a bedroom, or other room that is often off limits to traffic, you can get away with a much softer wood.
The hardwood finish is another option you’ll have, and another that is dependent upon what you think you will need. Many people automatically opt for the sleek, shiny finish that most commonly comes to mind when you think about this flooring. However, you have other options.
For instance, you could choose a vintage or distressed finish that gives the impression of age. This fits in well in homes that are decorated in rustic appeal. You also have the option of a hand scraped finish, which goes a long way in hiding some of the most common everyday wear and tear. In fact, a hand scraped finish can often delay the need for refinishing your hardwood floors, adding to the already long lifespan of this floor covering.