Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring
Today’s hardwood flooring options are so vast and varied that it can be overwhelming when it comes to making a decision. For some just getting started can be a daunting task. One of the first things you want to decide is what you want to spend. This will help you narrow down a smaller choice selection as there are literally hundreds of color and style options.
The next step is choosing which grade of wood to use. This also can depend a lot upon your budget as well. The highest grade of wood is labeled clear-grade. This grade of wood, known for its radiant grain, will have no knots or any other irregularities. Can have some knots and flaws but not many.
Then we have no.1 common grade. This type of wood has more knots and color variations and is also known for its character and provincial qualities. Along with no.1 common is no.2 common which is often referred to as cabin grade.
No matter what grade of wood you choose the quality and density will be the same across the board. Now that you’ve decided what grade of hardwood floors you want you can pick the density of the wood.
The Janka Rating (density) of your wood floors measures the pounds per inch. Some of the denser types like teak and Brazilian walnut have janka ratings of 3680 and 3540, while the less dense types like red cedar and pine have ratings of 710 and 350. The denser your wood is the more durable and scratch resistant it will be. The less dense, the more dense and dings it gets which can a much sought after rustic look with lots of character.
There is no wrong choice when deciding what type of hardwood flooring to use. Call for a free estimate to help you get started on the path to beautiful wood flooring for your home.