The most important decision to make when choosing your hardwood flooring might just be the species of the wood. The species is responsible for a great deal of the features and characteristics of your floor. For instance, harder woods are necessary in homes where high traffic is the norm, as softer woods would wear out far too quickly. Some species are also more prone to warping, while others hold a stain much better than the rest.
In addition to species selection, you’ll want to think carefully about the finish. There are several to choose from, including the classic slick and shiny, hand scraped, distressed and vintage, just to name a few. If you have a busy household or have pets or children, you might be best suited for a finish such as hand-scraped. This finish will not show everyday wear and tear the same way a shiny surface would. You’re less likely to see things like scratches, scuffs, scrapes and gouges.
However, if you should find that the wear and tear has finally become more than you can bear, there’s good news. You can have your floors refinished to bring the hardwood back to a like-new finish once again. Your flooring professional will be able to provide more details.