Installing hardwood flooring can beautify your home as well as add resale value. Wood is a wonderful natural resource that is eco-friendly because it is both renewable and recyclable. Hardwood flooring, if installed correctly, should never need to be replaced. Aesthetically, there are numerous hardwood options out there that should suit any homeowners’ style. Here are a few options for that are popular with homeowners in the Western, MA area.
Red oak is a high grade hardwood that has very little knots and little color variations. The durability and ability to complement almost any design style make red oak on of the most desirable hardwood flooring options.
White Oak is similar to red oak but is a stronger, more durable and takes on stains very easily. White Oak is a fantastic way to add a touch of traditional character to your home without the hints of red you would find in red oak.
Maple has a bit more color variation and more small knots than red oak but it is approximately 12 percent stronger. Which makes it a great choice for those homeowners who want hardwood in their bathroom.
Douglas fir plank flooring delivers a relaxed, inviting feel to your home. The stain in the fir illuminates the detail in the grain, delivering a beautiful design aesthetic to your room. It is however only half a strong as red oak and dents easily. It might not be the best choice in high traffic areas of your home.
A relatively new trend in hardwood flooring is using reclaimed wood from old barns, homes, and factories. This is the most eco-friendly choice for “green” conscious homeowners. The real appeal is derived from the uniqueness and imperfections of every plank. It will truly be one of a kind.
There are numerous more hardwood flooring options in the market today. It can become confusing on which option is right for your home, so contact your local remodeler for more information.