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Installing Wood Floors? 4 Things to Consider

Wood floors are versatile, timeless, and stylish. This classic type of flooring can instantly add character and warmth to any room in the home. Regardless of whether you live in a high rise condo, a colonial, or a ranch, our wood floors will stand the test of time. If you’re planning to install wood floors in your abode, consider the following 4 things before making your purchase.

Type of Wood

When shopping for wood floors, the first decision you will make is the type of wood to install in your home. The two standard kinds of wood floors are solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Solid wood floors have been around for hundreds of years while engineered wood floors have only become popular over the last few decades. As the name suggests, solid wood floors are constructed from solid wooden logs. Solid wood floors come in planks or strips. Planks are typically 3 to Installing Wood Floors 4 Things to Consider8 inches wide while strips are usually 1 ½ to 2 ¼ inches wide. Engineered wood flooring is made out of multiple layers of a composite substance and plywood. Only the top layer of engineered flooring is solid wood. This kind of flooring is typically 3 to 10 inches wide. Because it isn’t as affected by a home’s humidity as much as solid wood floors are, engineered wood floors are even suitable for installing in bathrooms and kitchens.

Selection of Wood Species

After choosing the type of wood to install in your home, you must select a species of wood. If you’re like most people, you are concerned about a new floor’s ability to withstand daily foot traffic. In this country, the Red oak is the benchmark for durability. Other domestic floors that withstand wear and tear well include:

  • White Oak
  • Maple
  • Hickory

If you’re interested in exotic woods, some of the hardest ones available include:

  • Brazilian Koa
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Cumaru

Appearance of Flooring

When shopping for new wood floors, you may become overwhelmed with all of the colors, grains, and finishes we offer. However, our vast selection allows you to customize your home based on your personal style preferences. For instance, if you want to create a modern design, you might be interested in grey Brazilian cherry wood floors with a whitewash finish. Or, if you desire a rustic, country design, you may like a hand-scraped hickory floor.

Cost of Flooring

Because of the many different varieties of types, species, colors, and finishes of wood flooring, its cost can vary significantly. However, solid wood flooring can be slightly more expensive than engineered wood floors. Solid wood floors typically cost from $2.49 to $12.69 for a square foot while engineered wood floors usually average from $1.69 to $8.79 per square foot. In addition to materials, you should probably budget about half of the cost of your materials for installation. However, this amount will depend greatly on the type of floor you plan to install and the unique installation issues associated with your home.

Installing wood flooring can be a good investment. Many potential homebuyers place this type of flooring on their must-have lists when searching for a new home. If you’re ready to start enjoying beautiful wood floors that may last for generations, contact us today. We will help you select the right product for your home.

5 Comments
  1. I am thinking about redoing my carpet with wood flooring. They seem easier to clean and make the house look a little nicer. This article gives me a clearer idea as to how I want to go about doing this. Thanks for the great tips.

  2. I did new installation with CT Flooring and couldn’t be happier. The crew was on time and did fabulous work. They added lots of value to our home with the quality work they did.

    Don A.
    Chesire CT

  3. A very useful post on installation of wooden floors. Even after so many modern flooring options hardwood still remains to be the best choice in flooring.

  4. This really narrows down what type of wood to I want to install, I was looking for an expert opinion but with this article I have got what I was looking for, thanks

  5. Thank you for such a great write up. First, make sure your subfloor is level and your hardwood flooring is acclimated to the room’s humidity and temperature according to the manufacturer’s guidelines

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