Your home needs the hardwood look

When thinking about the best option for flooring, hardwood is definitely a choice to consider. Nothing looks quite like hardwood. That's why so many other flooring choices, such as laminate and luxury vinyl, mimic that look as closely as possible. The fact is, it carries an elegance that is right at home, no matter where you choose to put it.

Odds are though if you are considering hardwood flooring, you also have some questions. AtSimas Floor & Design Company, we want our customers to be equipped with the facts, so they can make the best choice for their homes. Therefore,we are going to go over some facts that might come in handy in your search for hardwood flooring:

What species are available in hardwood

There are many different kinds of species available. You can get either domestic, which is grown right here in the United States, or exotic species, grown around the world, usually in tropical regions.

Depending upon the species you choose, the color, grain, density and texture will all be different. If you are planning to stain your hardwood floors, the color won't matter as much. However, if you are purchasing a wood with the color in mind in particular, such as beautiful cherry, you'll notice a big difference. Some of the available hardwood species you can choose from include:
  • Oak
  • Teak
  • Hickory
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Bamboo
  • Birch
  • Walnut
  • Pine
  • Beech
  • Ash

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Should I have my hardwood floors professionally installed?

There are many factors to consider when deciding on hardwood floors. Do you want solid wood or engineered hardwood? Will the flooring run parallel or diagonal to your walls? Will you be selecting prefinished wood, or do you intend to have it finished after installation? Are your subfloors ready for hardwood flooring?

These are just a few of the questions you'll need to answer when selecting your wood floors. The fact is, depending upon those answers, you might spend twice or even three