You’ve decided you want to install hardwood flooring. This classic flooring choice will give your home a rich, warm and timeless style. Your new floors will become the focal point and can increase your home’s resale value too. Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and smart flooring choice.
When it comes to hardwood flooring, your have many decisions to make. From wood type, finishes and styles, Acorn Wood Floors in Vancouver can assist with these helpful tips:
Choosing between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood.
Solid wood hardwood is made of a single piece of solid wood. Once it’s installed, it can be refinished over and over whenever it gets scratched or worn out. This is a major benefit to solid wood hardwood flooring.
Engineered hardwood is also real wood, but it’s not one solid piece. It is many layers of wood bonded together. This gives you a strong and durable floor that can stand up to moisture and temperature changes without warping or cracking like solid wood. Refinishing is possible, but you can only sand down to the depth/width of the top layer which means you can only do this once or twice tops.
Read more about the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring.
Choose your hardwood floor finish.
There is a wide range of finishing products out there and you should choose one that best suits your needs. Here are some examples:
Oiled finish: This type of finish produces a natural, matte look to the floor. They’re easy to maintain and don’t show scratches as easily. A floor with an oiled finish can more easily be sanded and repaired but are less resistant to moisture and staining.
Polyurethane finish: For homes with pets and children, a polyurethane finish is recommended. It can stand up to lots of traffic, spills and stains. If the finish gets scratched, the wood will be protected. If there’s a major scratch, you might need to refinish the floor or area of floor.
Hand-scraped finish: If you’re looking for a rustic look, this finish gives your wood floor a lot of texture. The imperfections of each plank of wood are kept, which might mean your floor will have unique marks, pockets and scratches. The floors are durable, but this type is typically more expensive.
Choose your hardwood floor style and wood type.
The style of your hardwood flooring includes the length and width of planks, species of wood, colour and tone and whether it has a unique pattern in design and installation.
Patterned hardwood can give your home a unique and customized look. It includes things like using a different width or coloured wood as a border or for trim on the stairs. It can also have a unique pattern in the middle of the floor, using different planks to create something truly one-of-a-kind.
The type of wood you choose will play a role in how the floor looks and how it needs to be maintained. White and red oak are popular choices. Both are strong and durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. Other options include maple, hickory, walnut, ash and cherry hardwood. Ask Acorn Wood Floors which wood type would work best for your home’s style, your lifestyle and your budget.
Hardware Flooring Companies in Vancouver
Acorn Wood Floors has been providing high quality hardwood flooring products and services in Vancouver and surrounding areas since 1959. Their product line will suit a range of budgets and design preferences and are fully warrantied.
If you want hardwood flooring, give Acorn Wood Floors a call!