You've decided to install wood flooring in your new home. Before you head out to make your purchase, you want to make sure you're choosing the right wood flooring for your home. Wood flooring is a big investment. You want to make sure that you choose a wood flooring that will work well with your home and your lifestyle. Here are two things you should take into consideration before making your final decision.
Before you choose your wood flooring, you need to start at the bottom. That is, you need to consider what type of sub-flooring you have. If you're not sure what sub-flooring is, it's the flooring that lies beneath the surface. In most cases, sub-flooring is either concrete or plywood. Here's what you need to consider for both types of sub-flooring.
If the sub-flooring in your home is concrete, your hardwood choices are most likely going to be limited to engineered flooring. Engineered flooring comes in pre-fabricated slats that do not require nails. In some cases, plywood can be installed over the concrete sub-floor, making it possible to install non-engineered wood flooring.
If you have a plywood sub-floor in your home, you're going to have a wider array of wood flooring options – including solid wood planks and engineered flooring. The reason for the increased options is that you'll be able to nail your flooring directly to the sub-floor.
If you've decided to go with wood flooring, you'll need to include maintenance concerns when choosing your flooring. This is particularly true when it comes to the finish. The two most common finishes include matte and semi-gloss.
Matte finishes leave your wood floor with a low-luster sheen. Matte finishes are best if you have children, or if your wood floor is going to see a lot of action. Matte finishes do a better job of hiding minor imperfections, such as scratches and dings.
If you want a rich glossy sheen to your wood flooring, you should consider a semi-gloss finish. A polyurethane sealant will leave your floor with a beautiful shine. One word of caution concerning semi-gloss finishes though. When lights shine off of shiny wood floors, even minor imperfections become highly visible.
It's time to choose the flooring for your home. Wood flooring can add beauty to any room. Use the tips provided above to help you choose the right wood flooring for your home. To learn more, contact a hardwood floor installation company like Costen Floors Inc.