Everyone wants a beautiful hardwood floor, and JD Enterprise in Denver is here to show you how to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home. You will have some decisions to make about your floor before you get started, like location, usage, subfloor, style, budget, appearance, stain, finish and test sample. Our flooring experts at JD Enterprise in Denver can help you look at all the options and make the best decisions for your home.
The first consideration is whether you want floors with solid wood or engineered wood. Solid wood is just that, solid, thick, planks of wood. Engineered wood has a veneer layer that rests on top of the plywood.
Think about how the floors will be used.
The considerations will be different if you live alone or the floor will not get much use, compared to a floor that will get use from kids and pets and large gatherings of people. A harder wood is better If you have a high-traffic house. You might also want to look at stains and finishes that can hide dents and scratches.
Examine the style of your home.
Take into consideration the style, fashion and look of your home when you choose your hardwood floor. What is the design and style of your cabinets, trim work, and door casings? What are the colors of your walls and the amount of natural light your room gets? These are important considerations when choosing the best floor for your home.
Take into account where the hardwood floor is located.
The location of the floor is a critical factor when learning how to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home.
A floor on the second story, which is called above grade, is different than a floor even with the outside ground level, which is called on grade. A floor that’s in the basement is referred to as below grade and has unique considerations.
For example, a solid wood floor should not go below grade, because the moisture from the ground can create issues. So, engineered wood might be recommended for your basement.
Consider the materials of the subfloor.
Find out what kind of subfloor you have. Do you have a concrete slab, plywood, and particleboard floor? Knowing this information will shape your decision on whether to install solid wood or engineered wood floors. Let’s take a look at the different types of subflooring.
- Concrete – As we mentioned earlier, if you have a concrete slab floor, like in your basement, the best floor will be made from engineered wood. However, you can still choose any type of wood, just in an engineered format. You can also decide how thick you want the veneer of the wood. If you go with a higher-end, thicker engineered wood usually performs just as well as solid woods and they are comparable in price.
If are determined to have solid wood, but you have a concrete floor, you can install plywood over the concrete. The cost of the plywood and installation usually push people toward engineered wood.
There is another way to get solid wood on a concrete slab floor if it’s on grade and not below grade like a basement, and that is to glue the wood down. The glue is so strong it is very permanent. To do that you will need completely flat boards which can be difficult in the longer plank lengths. Another downside is if you floor floods, pulling up the boards, because they have been glued down, is very hard. In addition, some people are very sensitive to the chemicals in the glue.
- Plywood – This is usually the type of subfloor most people are used to and it allows for the most choices with hardwood floors. You can nail solid wood on top of plywood or use engineered wood.
- Particleboard – This is like a cheaper version of plywood. It was used a lot as subfloor under carpet for homes built in the 1970s. You will need to take up the particleboard and put down plywood if you want hardwood, either solid or engineered wood, floors.
Compare price with benefits.
As you take a look at the price of different types of wood, you will need to think about what is most important to you and your family. Is it cost, maintenance or appearance.
Take a look at the cost between sold wood and engineered wood. Sometimes there isn’t that much difference. A basic oak flooring in different stains runs around $3.50 to $4 per square foot, compared to lower-end engineered floors cost about $2.50 to $3 per square foot. Of course, other types of wood can cost double that.
For maintenance, you may want to think about harder woods and certain stains that hold up better over time. A polyurethane finish can show dings and scratches more. Oil finishes help hide floor wear and tear and often last longer, but may cost more. If you floor has a veneer it is limited in how many times it can be sanded down and refinished.
There are so many different kinds of woods and finishes. You will want to find one that fits your home, your furnishings, and your preferences. Look at the color, tone, knots and grain pattern, and plank width and length.
Now the decision about the stains and finishes.
Your stain will add color to the wood flooring and a layer of protection. Stain or finish can usually be applied to almost any wood. What finish you use will affect the final look and maintenance, so choose wisely from a lower-sheen matte finish to a semi-gloss finish. You can also look at pre-finished wood because it will save you the time and effort of finishing the floors. Engineered wood usually comes pre-finished.
Test the stain and finish on a sample in your room.
Don’t rely on a photo or small sample to see how the color and finish will look. You should always stain and finish a small section of the floor to see what it really looks like in your room.
Are you ready for a beautiful hardwood floor? We can help you figure out how to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home. Our flooring experts at JD Enterprise in Denver is a full-service wood flooring company we install, repair, stain, and sand as well as create unique designs. We can help you in all aspects of your flooring choices.