Hardwood flooring gives you the option to select the wood species that best suits your specific needs. For instance, if your house is heavily trafficked, you’ll want to choose a species that is very hard, such as cherry or oak. In resisting much of the wear experienced on any given day, it also adds to the longevity of the material overall, so your floors last longer. Some species even have their own natural colorations so that you’ll only need to clear coat the wood instead of staining it.
After picking the perfect species, you can move on to a stain color and finish type. Together, they give your floors a nicely finished look that will match any decor. The good news is, both can be changed during a refinishing project if you feel like you’re ready for something new.
It’s important to remember that hardwood flooring must be given ample time to acclimate to your home’s environment. The process can take from one to three days and must be carried out inside your home in an area where the HVAC system has been running for at least two days prior.