Because of the huge variety of woods, colors, and finishes available today, shopping for a hardwood flooring can be pretty difficult. Here are five things to know and consider when looking to purchase hardwood flooring:
Central NJ Hardwood Flooring
- Type of Wood Flooring – There two main types of hardwood flooring products: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid wood flooring is milled from solid wood logs, and is joined with a traditional tongue and groove along both the long and short edges. Solid wood is available prefinished or unfinished. Engineered wood flooring is comprised of multiple layers of plywood and composite material, and topped with a layer of solid hardwood. While both types offer the same beauty of real hardwood, the primary difference between solid hardwood and engineered flooring is in the floor’s composition. Engineered flooring, which is more stable due to its multi-ply construction, can be installed on all levels of the home.
- Choice of Wood Species – There are many different woods used in flooring, but some are harder making them more durable than others. While Red and White Oak are the most common domestic wood floors, Hickory, Maple, and Walnut are also popular choices. Top selling exotic woods such as Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Koa and Cumaru are among the hardest species available.
- Grain, Color, and Appearance – Because hardwood flooring comes in so many different species, styles and finishes, it is fairly easy to select a floor to match any room décor. If you have a country-style interior, wide plank floors with highly defined wood grains and a distressed appearance will be a good fit. For Colonial homes, consider wide, random plank width flooring in Oak and Maple. Virtually any type of wood can be used in a contemporary setting, depending on what stain or finish is used.
- Type of Finish – The finish is the real determining factor in the overall appearance of a wood floor. The same wood species will look completely different finished in a clear gloss, versus a distressed, hand-scraped or wire-brush finish. Distressed, hand-scraped or wire-brush finishes will also be something to consider when shopping for a wood floor. Hardwood flooring is sold either “unfinished” or “pre-finished.” Unfinished floors are sanded and finished on-site, which provides for a consistent seal and prevents dirt and moisture from penetrating the seams between boards. Pre-finished flooring is factory-applied in a controlled setting, and typically receives seven to eight coats of sealant.
- Cost and Installation – The cost of hardwood wood flooring depends on the type, the wood species and the finish. Typically, solid prefinished wood flooring runs from $2.49 to $12.69 per square foot. Prices on engineered prefinished wood flooring range from $1.69 to $8.79. The average cost of installation usually runs about half as much as the flooring but depends on the type of flooring and installation for your home.
J Brothers Flooring offers hardwood flooring and installation services to the Central NJ area in towns such as New Brunswick, Hillsborough, East Brunswick, Milltown, South Plainfield, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Aberdeen, Bridgewater, and many more. Contact them today at (732)214-1100, or visit their website.