As more homeowners turn to hardwood flooring when they replace their floors, we are often asked what type of wood is best. Just like picking a color or finish for your wood flooring, there is no one size fits all answer. Different wood types have different advantages and appearances. Here are some things to consider when choosing the type of hardwood to use for your wood flooring.
For some people family not only includes the two legged variety but also those with four leg and claws. Claws can take a toll on softer woods like yellow pine and black walnut. If you have young children who are pushing toys around, you may want to consider a harder wood like hickory or maple to avoid dents.
Are you a high traffic home? Do you entertain frequently and have women in heels walking around? If you have lots of people in and out frequently, especially women in high heels, you should consider a harder type of wood to prevent small dings.
Your Current Cabinetry and Furnishings
Some wood types look better with certain style homes. For example maple is a type of hardwood that works well with modern décor and cabinetry. If your home is older and more traditional, hickory might be a good choice. Look at the pattern in oak floors and compare them to maple and you’ll see a different grain pattern. Make sure any current wood in your home will compliment your new wood flooring.
One of the most expensive hardwood floors that you can install is Brazilian Cherry. It’s expensive because it’s rare and because it is very hard. Wood grown in America like Oak and Maple are significantly less than Brazilian Cherry.
If you’re considering installing hardwood flooring in your home, contact Seer Flooring for a no obligation estimate. Our pros understand the types of wood we sell and install and we’ll take the time to get to know you and give you guidance on the best hardwood flooring for your home and lifestyle. Call us today at 727-785-1930.