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How to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home

There’s more to selecting wood floors than just deciding on species and color. You have to think about things like extra durability needs, budget, and overall style. It’s essential to get it right, especially since floors are both a significant investment and the basis for the room's entire atmosphere and your home's character. Here’s how to navigate the decisions you’ll have to make.

Engineered wood flooring vs. solid

The only difference between the two is the construction. Solid is, as it sounds, made from one piece of wood, but engineered is a layered construction that makes it stable and better able to handle water. It is taking a significant share of the wood flooring market because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. At the top is a slab, giving it undertones, knots, swirls, and grains. Underneath are three or more genuine wood layers combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position.

Factory vs. site finished

The finish is the clear topcoat that protects the floor, not to be confused with stain. Some prefer factory finish because they know exactly what they are getting; they have samples to start coordinating other furnishings. On the other hand, others prefer to have it finished on site because they have better control over color and sheen. Also, think about stains because some hardwood species accept them better than others, affecting your selection of species. Or, maybe you want to leave the floors unstained!

Domestic or exotic species?

Domestics are those species harvested within North America, while exotics are harvested in Brazil, Indonesia, Africa, or other locations. Domestics are warmer and more traditional, while exotics are dark, dramatic, and very hard. The most popular domestic species are oak, maple, walnut, cherry, beech, ash, and hickory. The most popular tones are warm browns, dark charcoal; graphite; grey; blond, whitewashed, and white oak (which, despite its name, is a light-to-medium brown). While you’re thinking of species, also decide if you want a wider or narrower plank.

Whether you are considering solid or engineered hardwood flooring, you can be assured of high quality, craftsman like installations. Our in-house installers possess years of experience, which gives them the knowledge to spot and avoid potential challenges and then handle them if they do come up. To learn more, visit the Twin Brothers Floors showroom in Lutz, FL, especially if you live in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, Town 'N' Country, FL, Temple Terrace, FL, North Tampa, FL, Land O' Lakes, FL, Odessa, FL, Brandon, FL, Zephyrhills, FL or New Port Richey, FL. Come in for a free design consultation and in-depth quote for your hardwood flooring.