Types of Hardwood Installation

Installing hardwood floors is not necessarily a weekend project. There are many choices and factors that must be considered before you begin tearing away the carpet and laying down the wood.

One of the first decisions that homeowners face as they plan to install hardwood floors, is choosing the type of wood to use. Believe it or not, there are a variety of different styles to pick from, such as oak, cedar, maple, hickory and walnut. These are domestic wood examples. Exotic woods, like teak or Australian Cypress, are popular as well. Even pine and grass-derived bamboo are options for people in the market for a hardwood floor. The different types of wood are referred to as species. (Oak is its own species and Birch is its own species, etc.). The choice of species often depends on factors such as budget in addition to preference for hardness and color.

Choosing your wood is actually a two-pronged decision, purchasers must also decide how they want the wood constructed. The choice here is between solid wood and engineered wood. Solid wood is very appealing as it has a natural look and can be stained, however, it tends to be more expensive and is not recommended for basements or bathrooms.

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