Hardwood Flooring Ideas And Installation For Your Home

Flooring is one of those things that is tough to recommend unless you know a little bit more about the house and the style you are looking to achieve.  However, floors are generally pretty versatile – you don’t have to worry too much about them being out of style or date unless you choose something very unusual.

Hardwood floors are always in style, and are making a huge comeback in favor of other flooring types and styles.  Of course, hardwood flooring can be expensive depending on the type of wood and the cut of the planks.  There are also alternatively cheaper styles out there that can be a bit more budget friendly, such as vinyl hardwood and faux hardwood.

Here are some of the currently most popular options of wood flooring that you can get:

Hardwood Vs Vinyl or Faux

If you want the real deal, it will be expensive but the tradeoff is that real hardwood floors are not only the best looking but they tend to last the longest with the right care.  They are also a good investment; they add a lot of value to a home.  However, if you’re just looking to get a makeover for less money and you’re not as concerned about these things, then a faux hardwood or hardwood laminate can be just the ticket.

Real wood flooring adds warmth, elegance, and value

Laminate can be a fairly cheap and easy DIY project if that’s something that suits you.  They have become very good these days and can often pass for the “real deal” to the less savvy visitor.  They can increase the value of a home or condo vs carpet.

Can you tell this is laminate flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring is a thin veneer of real hardwood attached to a bit of wood like plywood beneath.  They come in squares to install.  These are cheaper than real-deal hardwood but will not last as long as they can’t be sanded and finished over and over.

Type Of Wood

There are many, many types of woods that you can select for hardwood flooring.  The sky is truly the limit!  Most woods can be made into hardwood floors, although some are not as suitable.  Some are definitely more expensive and rare than others.  Perhaps some of the most common are Oak, Maple, and Hickory.

  • Ash
  • Bamboo
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Brazilian Maple
  • Brazilian Walnut
  • Bubinga
  • Cherry
  • Cork
  • Cumaru
  • Cypress
  • Douglas Fir
  • Hickory Pecan
  • Iroko
  • Jarrah
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
  • Merbau
  • Mesquite
  • Pine Antique Heart
  • Pine Southern Yellow
  • Pudauk
  • Purpleheart
  • Red Oak
  • Sapele
  • Spotted Gum
  • Sydney Blue Gum
  • Tasmanian Oak
  • Teak
  • Walnut
  • Wenge
  • White Oak

The best thing to do when selecting hardwood is to discuss with your provider about the availability of certain species, the coloring that they have of each species, and how it will look with your home.  You can usually obtain samples from a manufacturer.  They may also have photos of previous jobs they have done with certain species and materials.

Many of these species won’t be available in laminate floors, but you could likely get some of them replicated in laminate flooring.

Cut Of Wood

Do you want wide plank flooring?  Or a more classic and narrow cut?  Wide plank wood floors are all the rage right now, and give your home a luxurious and rustic quality.  Narrower cuts are more modern and give a more refined look.  It all depends on the look that you are going for.  My recommendation is that you take a look at some photos of homes that you are inspired by and see what kind of hardwood flooring you like the best.

If you’re looking for hardwood floor installation near you then your best bet is to ask around or look on local business searches such as Yelp and Google.