Chose your Wood Floor
Board Widths. Customer can select a variety of sizes range from 2 ¼”, 3”, 3 ¼”, 4”, 5”, 6 “7” or custom widths Planks, 8” t0 12”, and different designs, pattern, parquet, squares and distressed floor boards, traditional choice, strips give the illusion of more space, while planks impart a rustic look. Parquet floors, with the distinctive geometric design, suit formal spaces. Also width boars are recommended to a biggest space with high ceiling and small boars for a small space
Wood Species. Hardwood species vary in durability, grain patterns, and color. Oak, maple, and cherry are among the most common species due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany, and Brazilian cherry, Brazilian walnut aren’t as durable, but are prized for their striking appearance.
Colors. The natural color of the wood floor can range from blondish to blackish
Textures. You can get pre finish wood floors that look shiny and new, or you can get unfinished wood and have sand and finish with your choice of color, shine and texture
Hardness. For busy households with pets and kids, it's a good idea to choose the hardest wood species possible. Hard species, such as white oak, will withstand wear and tear, while softer species, such as pine, tend to show scratches. The choice between engineered and solid hardwood will most likely be determined by location, subfloor, and preferred installation method. But if you're on the fence, keep in mind choosing solid hardwood means scratches from a pet or toddler's toy can be sanded out and refinished over and over
Finish. Along with protecting the surface, hardwood finishes imbue floors with color and luster. Much commercially available hardwood comes prefinished, which simplifies installation and eliminates the process of sanding
Some homeowners prefer site-finished floors due to the wider selection of stain colors and the opportunity to hone the surface and even out imperfections after the boards are in place. Boards are also easier to repair if damaged. Urethanes are the most common type of finish.
While solid hardwood can be re send many times, engineered hardwood flooring can only be refinished a limited number of times. That's because the thickness of the material . However, prefinished engineered floors are quite durable, generally eliminating the need for frequent refinishing.
Solid vs. Engineered
If you purchase hardwood floors, you'll need to decide between solid or engineered.
Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood. Because it can be repeatedly sanded, it can last for decades. A natural material, solid hardwood is susceptible to temperature and humidity changes and cannot be installed below grade or in damp spaces. It must be nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor and some cases need to be glue and staples depending on the width of the material
Engineered hardwood is created by bonding layers of hardwood ("plies") together in a cross-grain construction. These layers give greater stability. Because it can withstand higher levels of humidity, engineered hardwood can be installed in baths and basements, as well as over concrete subfloors and radiant heating elements. Engineered hardwood uses fewer trees than solid hardwood. It can be stapled or glued, or it can "float"