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Choosing the right hardwood

Deciding to go with hardwood flooring for your home is only the beginning of this exciting process. Even after settling on this particular material, there are so many other options to consider, that it almost becomes fun. For instance, your first choice, if you haven’t decided already, should be between engineered or solid wood. But we’re going to look at some of the other options you’ll have.

At American Interiors, we have been matching customers to the perfect floor covering for their home since 1998. We know how important the decision is and can help you every step of the way. We proudly serve the areas of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, and Scottsdale, with a showroom located in Mesa, AZ. We invite you to visit us at your convenience to see our full line of hardwood flooring and to ask any questions that you might have as well.

Hardwood flooring options

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.

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