The addition of hardwood flooring can make an immediate impact on the aesthetics and value of any home, but before a homeowner makes the leap it is imperative to know how to choose hardwood flooring to gain the maximum benefit. There are literally hundreds of hardwood flooring styles that are commercially sold to choose from, and that is not counting the numerous types of specialty hardwood flooring that can be obtained. The decision to choose a particular hardwood flooring should be considered from many perspectives, and the purchase of hardwood flooring should never be an “impulse buy” based upon first impressions.
The first consideration when choosing hardwood flooring should be the price of the desired flooring and how it fits into a homeowners budget for upgrades. Hardwood flooring tends to be one of those areas in life where a consumer gets what they pay for – cheap hardwood flooring is usually cheap for the reason of lower quality just as expensive hardwood flooring is priced for it’s desirability. This is not to imply that moderately priced hardwood flooring is not attractive and functional, just that affordability is a big factor in making big-ticket purchases of hardwood flooring products.
Another factor to choose hardwood flooring should be the type of area in the home for which it is intended. For example, a kitchen or dining room area should only have hardwood flooring installed that is made of an extremely hard wood with closed pores and a durable finish to prevent spills from staining the hardwood floor. An area with lesser traffic or one that is used only by adults can be covered with a lighter colored or softer wood flooring simply because it will be exposed to much less abuse and wear.
Lastly, careful thought needs to be used when you choose hardwood flooring as to installation and maintenance. While many homeowner possess good skills in the building trades and can perform many tasks themselves, installing hardwood flooring should be left to the professionals. A hardwood floor that is not perfectly installed will not wear evenly and will present a huge problem in a very short time frame. In a similar fashion, when you choose hardwood flooring consideration should be extended to thoughts of how often the floor will require maintenance and the associated cost. A moderately priced hardwood flooring product that requires constant and frequent maintenance can be much more expensive in the long run than a higher priced hardwood flooring that keeps maintenance costs to a minimum.