Board Widths -
you prefer the traditional narrow 3” strips which offer the
illusion of more space or a wide plank – 5” to 7” – which
could impart a more rustic look? Or you might choose a style that
mixes three different widths. Of course, there is also parquet with
its distinctive geometric design that is more suited to a formal
space. What do you prefer?
Wood Species -
species vary in durability as well as grain patterns and color. Some
of the most common species used in flooring are oak, maple, hickory,
and cherry due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany, acacia,
and Brazilian cherry aren’t as durable, but are prized for their
striking appearance. What appeals to you?
run the gamut in color – from blond to black - depending on the
species and the finish. What do you like? What would enhance your
can buy brand new wood that has been antiqued, adding timeworn
character to your room. Perhaps you’d prefer distressed and
hand-scraped wood that will disguise heavy use over the years and,
again, give your floor an appealing timeworn appearance from the
moment it’s installed. Yet many people want that shiny new modern
look. What tone are you wanting to set?
you have a busy household with pets and kids, you might want to
consider the hardest wood species possible. Hard species like red oak
will withstand wear and tear, while softer species such as pine would
tend to show scratches.
Manufacturers choose a finish to not only
protect the wood’s surface, but to imbue the floor with color and
luster. These factory-applied finishes make it possible for
manufacturers to offer amazing warranties as finishes such as
urethane aluminum oxide make your new floor stand up to decades of
wear and tear.