Differences in appearance of hardwood result from different species of wood and the different ways they are sawn. Thee species' natural color and the stain applied to the wood create a spectrum of color options. Manufacturers offer a wide variety of styles and surface textures to meet individual needs and tastes, whether rustic, traditional, or contemporary. A smooth hardwood surface imparts a sleek, sophisticated, and contemporary look; a hand-scraped option provides a more rustic, casual look. Engineered hardwoods are designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture poses a problem for solid hardwood floors.
PROS: appearance improves with age; long-lasting, great investment, can be refinished, plus, easy care and maintenane; ideal for allergy suffers. Increases the value of your home.
CONS: May scratch or dent. Transition height to other floors may differ.
Where can I use hardwood?
Hardwood are appropriate anywhere, with a few exceptions:
- Solid or engineered hardwood are not recommended for a full bathroom due to exposure to moisture, but can be used in a half bath.
- Engineered hardwood is the only type of hardwood recommended for below-grade installation. Always check with your sales professional first.