In our last blog, we covered the basics of choosing a new carpet flooring. While carpet flooring is undoubtedly popular with many homeowners, others are drawn the appeal of beautiful hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors add a timeless touch to any home, and their durability and finish make them a flooring option that lasts for years if cared for. Today, the Mortgage House in Fayetteville will give you some insights into how to select your new hardwood flooring.

Choices, Choices

One of the appealing aspects of selecting new hardwood floors is the immense variety of options, finishes, types, and styles. One of the first choices you’ll have to make is what kind of flooring you want. While hardwood floors came in solid planks of timber for centuries, today many companies now offer engineered flooring. These planks are made with a thin layer of hardwood on top, which is bonded to several other layers which keeps the plank from shifting when your home experiences higher traffic, or increased humidity. While this might sound ideal, engineered hardwood flooring often cannot be refinished because the top layer is so thin. Think about how you’ll use your floors, and how long you intend to keep them when making a decision.

Ingraining Your New Floors Into Your Home

Choosing the grain pattern is one of the most engaging parts of choosing a new hardwood floor. Logs are cut in three ways, each that leave a unique pattern on the plank. These styles include plain-sawn, rift-sawn, and quarter-sawn. Plain-sawn boards create that classic wood grain appearance. Rift-sawn has long, linear, and consistent grain patterns that have irregular figures that look like rays running across the plank.

When To Finish Your Floors

There’s more than two steps the hardwood flooring selection process, but you do have to make the finishing decision early on. There are two major options for homeowners: site finished and pre-finished. Each comes with benefits and drawbacks. Site finished hardwood means that a professional or an ambitious family member applies stains, finishes, and sealants to the planking after the flooring has been installed. This allows for greater control of how the flooring looks in your home. However, it does open your flooring installation up to more chances for error.

Prefinished planks are great because the flooring is finished as it’s installed. These planks have been stained, finished, and sealed at the showroom or warehouse, meaning less work for you. However, the pre-finished flooring you saw and loved in the store may not look great in your home, so it’s important to bring samples of a prefinished plank to your home.

The Finishing Step (But Not Quite)

With so many stains and finishes to choose from, hardwood flooring can be finished to perfectly fit the decor of your living spaces. Generally, finishes are either an oil or polyurethane based product. Oil deeply penetrates the wood, which gives it a soft, matte, look and feel. Oil finishes are more prone to scratching and damage, but the finish makes it less noticeable. It’s also easy to touch up these spots with more oil.

Polyurethane creates a hard topcoat on the wood that is more durable, and resists the abuse of shoes, pet nails, dropped goods, and heavy furniture. However, when a scratch or worn spot does become apparent, it’s not as easy a fix as oil finish. Often, that particular plank needs to be removed and completely refinished and buffed.

Home Loans With The Mortgage House

Adding new hardwood floors is a great investment in your home, whether you’re looking to enjoy it for years to come, or as a way to increase its resale value. If you’re looking for a new home, work with The Mortgage House in Fayetteville. Our online home loan process can help you get the funds you need to get into the home of your dreams and enjoy its beautiful hardwood floors. Contact us today to learn more about our home loans.