It’s important to know, right up front, that solid hardwood flooring can never be installed in areas that are below grade. If you have spaces like this that still need flooring, our associates can recommend an excellent engineered flooring or possibly a wood-look luxury vinyl option. These are far better suited for spaces where the solid variety will simply not work. You should also know that hardwood flooring must be acclimated to your own home’s environment from not less than 24 hours. It could take as long as 72 hours in some cases.
Once you’ve decided on hardwood, you can go about picking your options with regard to wood species, board widths, stain color, and type of finish. All these elements work together to create a look that is yours alone, some of which can even help to lengthen the lifespan of your new flooring. Species selection, for example, works best when matched with your specific in-house traffic levels, while certain finishes, such as wire-brushed or hand-scraped, can help hide signs of wear and tear.
Your flooring associate will be happy to discuss even more great benefits and options with you, as well as everything you should know prior to your professional installation.