The great thing about hardwood floors is that you can personalize them so that your own floor is unique from any other. Choose from a wide selection of species types, grain patterns, stain colors, and finishes for a look so unique, it will match any decor scheme. Some species of wood, such as American Cherry, even have their own specific colorations that only require a clear coat to looks their very best.
Wood species also serve another very important purpose. Since they are rated from very soft to very hard, you should make sure you choose one best suited to your own home’s traffic and activity levels. A hard, dense species is perfect for those busy homes where guests and residents alike are traveling through often. It can hold up better to child’s play and any pets you might have as well. Choosing a softer species for the same location would mean your floors would wear out much faster than they should.
Since solid wood is a natural resource, you can feel good about the fact that your flooring choice is renewable. With new trees being planted every day to replace those cut down, our next generation will never miss this wonderful resource.
It should be noted that solid hardwood should never be placed in below-grade spaces such as basements. However, alternative materials are available, and your flooring specialist will discuss these in detail with you.