Hardwood is a modern and popular flooring solution, due in large part to its attractiveness, durability, and ease of cleaning.
Different hardwoods are suitable to achieve different looks and to meet specific area requirements.
Prior to selecting a hardwood, take the following into consideration concerning the space itself:
- What will traffic be like?
- What durability needs are required?
- Where will the hardwood be installed (basement, main floor)?
- What type of hardwood (engineered, glueless, solid) is preferred for the space?
Once you have determined the requirements of the space, consider the following concerning your hardwood selection:
Different species of hardwoods have different origins, characteristics, strengths, and properties. Be sure to thoroughly research the species of hardwood that you are considering prior to purchasing to ensure that it is appropriate for your project.
Look into a particular species’:
- Colour variation
Hardwoods are available is a variety of colours, depending on its species and finish. Consider the following when choosing a colour:
- Room size
- Ceiling height
- Texture of walls
- Natural light
Plank width, even within the same species and/or colour of wood, can have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of a space. Boards are available in countless widths, and shape (rectangular versus square).
Board width can impact the ‘feel’ of the space (for example, narrow boards are traditionally considered more classic, while wider boards give a more modern look).