26 Aug Advice on Selecting the Best Wood Floors for a Home
For buyers, heading to open houses is exciting. It’s the ultimate in window-shopping! But watch any buyer fling open the front door to a house full of carpet and you’ll quickly seen their enthusiasm wane. Buyers want wood floors! They’re easier to keep clean, look better, and appeal to a wider audience.
With so many options out there, it can be difficult to decide what kind of wood floors to install. Here is some advice about the different categories of wood floors to keep you on the straight and narrow!
Solid Plank: You will often hear people refer to solid plank as “real wood.” They’re a sound investment because they last longer than anything else. As you’re choosing a solid wood floor, you’ll be up against questions like what thickness you want. When you’re selecting the width and length of your boards, remember that they should remain in proportion to one another.
Color: When you think about wood, you probably don’t realize how many colors are out there! The range of colors is far-reaching, so you need to decide what looks best with the style of your home. Start by deciding between darker and lighter, and then you can narrow your search from there, including looking at finishes that appear to be antiqued or weathered.
Wood Species: If you’re looking for the most durable wood out there, oak is your go-to material. It’s long been a favorite among families with kids and pets because it can take a beating and still looks beautiful. Other popular choices include mahogany, hickory, walnut, and the species you select really depends on your color palette and budget. Consider reclaimed wood as well, which is normally sourced from old buildings like factories and barns. It’s an eco-friendly choice, and you’ll achieve that work-in look quicker than buying something brand new.
Maintenance: Wood floors are easier to keep clean on a day-to-day basis, but they do require maintenance to keep them looking gorgeous for years. How you care for your floor really depends on the type of wood you choose. For instance, pine is a soft wood that will show more wear-and-tear than mahogany or walnut. But no matter which species you choose, you should plan to refinish your wood floors ever four to five years.