How to Choose Hardwood Flooring
Choosing to include hardwood flooring in your home can be a valuable investment.
Hardwood flooring will make a huge impact on the look and feel of your home spaces.
It can also make your cleaning tasks easier, and can be an imporant selling point if you decide to sell your home down the road.
How to Choose a Type of Hardwood Flooring
There are many types of hardwood flooring available for your Raleigh new home.
While some North Carolina home buyers prefer engineered or pre-finished hardwood flooring, the most common selection in a Stanton Home is site-finished 3/4'' solid hardwood floors.
When choosing a style of hardwood for your floors, you will want to consider a few key features: type of wood, color, finish, texture, and plank width.
Read about how to choose a type of hardwood flooring, and see photos of Raleigh new homes with light, medium, and dark hardwood floors.
These photos will help you compare and contrast hardwood flooring styles and colors.
Hardwood flooring feature #1: Type of wood
Each wood speices has a distinct grain pattern and relative hardness. Oak is one of the most popular types of hardwood flooring for Raleigh new homes.
Home buyers also frequently request maple, cherry, bamboo, and cork flooring.
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Other types of hardwood flooring include American Cherry, American Walnut, and Pine. These woods are very soft and will dent quite easily, even if there are no pets or children in the home. They also usually cost more, as there is a much smaller demand for these types of flooring and the wood is more rare.
Hardwood flooring feature #2: Stain Color
The color of stain you choose depends in part on the type of wood you like best - the two should compliment one another.
Keep in mind that some wood species soak up the stain color more easily than others.
Design Tip: Consider testing a stain color on a sample piece of wood. That will give you a good idea of the finished product, before applying the stain to your floors.
Because hardwood is a natural material, no two pieces will look the same - and your stain color will accentuate (or hide) those natural variations in texture and grain.
Hardwood flooring feature #3: Finish
Hardwood flooring can have a high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or matte finish. These options are similar to those you can find in wall paint colors.
A low sheen or satin finish is one of the most popular selections for hardwood floors in Raleigh new homes.
Hardwood flooring feature #4: Plank Width
When selecting the type of hardwood flooring for your home, you can choose the plank width and height.
The height will affect the longevity of your floors - determining the number of times you can sand and refinish your floors.
The width will affect the style and feel of your floors. Generally, wider planks look less formal, but are more costly.
Hardwood flooring feature #5: Texture
The wood species - and choice of engineered versus solid wood - will determine aspects of your flooring's texture.
There are many hardwood textures available including smooth, hand-scraped, distressed, and wirebrushed.
Here is an example of engineered hand-scraped hardwood flooring in 5'' planks:
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