Is A Hardwood Floor Your Next Home Improvement Project?

by J on October 25, 2010

Are you having trouble deciding on what type of flooring to lay in your home? Well, with all the beautiful choices today on the market, it’s no wonder. One choice that is renowned for both its beauty and its value is hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring fits a wide range of esthetic tastes and budgets. Let’s consider a few of your options for this home improvement project.

When you’re purchasing hardwood flooring, consider the style of the room you’re remodeling. Is it a rustic, cabin-like feel you’re creating, or rather is it a formal room that imbues the look of polished elegance? If it’s the former, you may like a wide plank flooring for the room. Just like its name says, this plank flooring is made of wide, thick planks up to one foot wide, and they are built to last. They come in a variety of wood species.

If, instead, your home remodeling project is to create a stately, formal room, you may want to consider the option of exotic woods. Exotic woods are on the pricey side, but they offer you the luxury of creating truly one-of-a-kind rooms. The wood is often imported and has unique wood grains, patterns, and colors running through it. Brazilian cherry and mahogany are just two examples of exotic woods, both of which make a stunning floor.

Another decision you’ll need to make is deciding whether you want to purchase prefinished hardwood flooring or unfinished hardwood flooring. A prefinished floor is the perfect choice when you want a beautiful floor with a minimum of time and fuss.  The floor is already sealed, so you don’t have to worry about the extra time it takes to complete this task, not to mention the odors from the sealant. Once the floor is installed, it’s ready to go.

On the other hand, if you’re not pressed for time, an unfinished hardwood floor gives you options for customizing your floor. You can choose the exact stain color you want. This is especially convenient if you’re trying to match the wood color to that of an already existing floor. Choosing the stain color yourself will allow you a closer match. Keep in mind that an unfinished floor needs to be sanded. While this is a messy process, your installer can take advantage of this time to add some exquisite touches, such as borders and inlays, which may not be available on a prefinished floor.

If hardwood seems to be out of your price range, ask about laminate or engineered wood floors. They offer the beauty of hardwoods at a budget-friendly price. Either way, your local home remodeling professional will be able to talk you through all your options to help you find the floor to fit your home and your budget!

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