White Oak Flooring - ©PavelShynkarouWood flooring is one of the most sought after flooring types.  From dark, rich cherry flooring, to bright and cheerful ash, there is a species and style to fit your design plan. When you’re looking to add wood flooring in your living room, your bedroom, the kitchen, or even the entryway, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from.

Be sure to keep in mind what kind of plank width you’d like to choose for your home. Wider planks are becoming more popular and will give your home an updated, modern look.

When choosing a wood floor for your home, you’ll want to make sure the species of hardwood is hard enough if it is going to be installed in a high traffic area. Oak, walnut, and hickory are some of the hardest species of wood.  Cedar is much softer and is therefore more easily damaged. The Janka hardness scale is quite helpful to help you determine the right hardwood flooring for your home.

The look of wood flooring can be simple and classic.  Or, you can opt for a hand-scraped or grey stain option to give your home a fresh, new style. Just keep in mind that when it comes time to sell your home, you want a hardwood flooring option that will appeal to many.

The look of wood flooring can be created with various materials.  The most obvious one being solid hardwood or engineered hardwood.  However, if you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to consider laminate or luxury vinyl tile. This will give your home the appearance of a wood floor with a much lower materials cost.

Have questions on what type of wood floor would work well in your Madison home?  Call the experts at Floor Coverings International today to schedule a free consultation!

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