Choosing hardwood flooring is more involved than decisions regarding grain patterns and complementary stains. Your primary decisions must be based on where the wood floors will be laid and the purpose of the space. Then you can move onto aesthetics.
Ask the following questions before you get your hardwood floors.
- Which grade? Houses are divided into three zones, so to speak: below-grade, grade, and above-grade, with grade meaning “ground level”. Consider engineered wood below-grade as traditional hardwood is more vulnerable to moisture damage. You will want to be sensitive to sound protection when installing hardwood above-grade to mitigate sound-transference below.
- What is your subfloor? Hardwood floors work best on particle board or or plywood subfloors. If you have a concrete sub-floor, engineered hardwoods are really your only good option. However, engineered wood is available in any of your first hardwood flooring choices.
- What’s the abuse level? Are you a retired couple or an active family? Do you have pets? Where will the hardwood be installed? Areas that take a beating, like hallways, stairways and kitchens, require ultra-hard wood or engineered options.
Once these questions are answered, you can move onto aesthetics. Contact Horner Millwork to learn more about hardwood flooring options.