Bright hardwood floorsHardwood is one of the most popular types of flooring among Stone Oak homeowners. Its warm and inviting qualities give a sophisticated yet welcoming look to a home’s interior. When shopping for new hardwood flooring, many people don’t know which type to choose. As your local flooring experts, here at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio we want to provide you with as much information as possible. That way you can be sure the floor you choose is the best possible fit for your home and your lifestyle.

Location

One of the first things you’ll want to decide is where in your home the hardwood will be installed. Some types of wood can be installed anywhere, where some are better suited for certain areas. Some hardwoods can even be installed in the bathroom or other rooms that are frequently exposed to moisture. You just have to make sure the type you choose can stand up to that type of wear.

Construction

Another thing you’ll need to decide is the type of construction of your flooring. Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood, whereas engineered hardwood is composed of layers. Both types are made from real wood, but their methods of construction determine their compatibility with your different needs. If your floors will be installed in the basement, you’ll want to opt for engineered hardwood because it resists changes in moisture and temperature. Solid hardwood should not be installed on floors below ground level. However, if your floors are likely to be subject to damage, solid hardwood is best. Unlike engineered wood, it can be sanded down and refinished multiple times without losing its structural integrity.

Finish

Before you’re ready for installation, you’ll need to choose your hardwood’s finish. You can either choose prefinished hardwood, where it comes ready to install from the manufacturer, or unfinished wood. Unfinished, or on-site finished, means the contractor will sand and stain the wood at your home. If your main concern is convenience, prefinished wood is recommended. If you opt for unfinished wood, you’ll have to wait for the wood to fully dry and cure before you can walk on or put furniture on your floors. This can take days or sometimes weeks. However, if you are willing to wait and are trying to match existing floors, unfinished hardwood offers much more flexibility for specific color matching.

If you have questions and are considering installing hardwood floors in your Stone Oak home, call Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio today and schedule your free design consultation!

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