Hardwood is a great flooring option for a number of reasons. It provides classic and timeless styling, goes with any décor, and offers a level of durability that will allow you to enjoy it for years to come. It’s no surprise that hardwood floors continue to be a very popular choice in the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood area. At Floor Coverings International KC South, we understand the appeal of hardwood and we offer a great selection to our customers for this reason. If you are considering a re-flooring project in your home or office, keep reading for more on how to choose a hardwood that’s right for you.
What Room Are You Re-Flooring?
The first consideration when deciding on a flooring material is the room the flooring is intended for, and the kind of use you expect it to withstand. The one weakness of solid hardwood is that it is generally not very resistant to moisture, so it may not be the best choice if you are re-flooring a bathroom or a room that is below grade (underground). However, engineered hardwood flooring does offer better moisture resistance than solid hardwood, so it may still be a viable option for these applications. When it comes to predicting the kind of traffic the floor will endure, take into account whether kids or pets will be in the room frequently. If they will be, consider selecting a harder wood that will be less likely to be scratched and dented from a little bit of rough treatment.
What Type of Wood?
When it comes to selecting a wood type, you’ll want to consider what grain pattern you prefer, what color you want your floors to be, and how hard of a wood species you need.
- Grain pattern is a product of a mix between genetics and growing conditions. There are woods with wide, pronounced grain patters and those with more subtle grain. If you want your floor to be a major focal point in the room, choose a vibrant grain pattern that will draw the eyes toward it.
- With regard to the color of your wood, take into account the other fixtures in the room you’ll be re-flooring, as well as the furniture that will compliment your floors. Also keep in mind that dark colors will tend to make a room feel smaller, whereas light colors will give the impression of more space. If you are re-flooring a smaller room, you may want to stay away from darker varieties of flooring.
- A wood’s hardness is measured by what is called the Janka test, and the results are measured on a scale that ranges from about 100 for Balsa wood, and upwards of 5000 for the hardest varieties of Australian Buloke. The wood you use for your flooring will probably fall someone between 1000 and 3000 on this scale. As mentioned, you’ll want to choose a harder wood if your floors will have to withstand a lot of use and abuse. And this consideration of hardness will have to be combined with your preferences on grain pattern and color to find the wood that is best for you.
Lastly, consider how you want your flooring installed. Solid hardwood that is installed above grade is usually nailed or stapled to a plywood subflooring. Engineered hardwood can also be nailed or stapled, but you can just as well glue it to a subflooring, install it as a floating floor where the planks are glued together but not attached to the subflooring, or install it as a click-lock floating floor where no adhesives or mechanical fasteners are used at all. Each installation option has its own pros and cons, and you and your designer will want to discuss what method is best for you.
Free Design Consultation
At Floor Coverings International KC South, we are here to help you get the flooring of your dreams and have it installed as easily as possible. This is why we offer free in-home design consultations for our flooring customers. Be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated flooring experts.
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