Hardwood Floors, are they right for my Home, and what type should I use, Solid or Engineered?

The type of residence will significantly influence the flooring type and installation method you need. In a single-family home, the sub-floor will dictate the type of floor you can install. In a basement, an engineered floor will be your preferred option.

The more people there are, the greater the traffic and the more durable your finish needs to be. If you have young children or pets, choose a textured hardwood floor or one with character and color variation. Matte finishes also tend to minimize the appearance of dents and scratches.

Is there already wood in the room? Are there a lot of furnishings, or just a few? What shades are they? In a new home, the ambiance you’re looking for will largely influence your choice of color, wood species, grade, finish, board width, and direction.

The right type of flooring for you depends on the room where it will be installed. Various floor types are available according to your needs: engineered wood, glue less engineered wood, and solid wood. Visit The Floor Source for advice on choosing a floor.

Find out what kind of sub-floor you have and in what direction the joists run, as this will determine the direction your hardwood floors will run in the opposite direction of your joist or diagonally. Remember that engineered flooring is the best choice for basements, vacation homes, and is much more dimensionally especially for those wider widths.

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