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Choosing the Perfect Hardwood Flooring for Your Family

March 6, 2019

When beginning a home renovation project, it can be daunting to determine what type of flooring will be the perfect choice for your family, lifestyle and interior design choices.  There are many factors that must be considered: whether the flooring choice will make the room appear smaller or larger, the durability and longevity of the floor, the appropriateness for different rooms and the uniformity with design choices.  For families with small children or pets, durability may be top priority, whereas other families may seek a style that will flow through the home and create an open, airy space.  This guide will help you to determine the most appropriate choice in flooring for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

Prioritize Your Needs and Wants

It is important to first make a list of what exactly you are looking for in your new home, and how each room will affect the flooring that is placed there.  Be sure to consider rooms that may potentially be exposed to excessive moisture; such as: basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, and entryways.  These rooms will benefit from a more durable flooring material or will need additional protection in the case of hardwoods.  Also consider any rooms that are going to experience a higher than normal amount of traffic, or rooms that will have kids or pets as they tend to be tough on the flooring.  

Another important item to add to the list would be your personal style preference.  Are you trying to complement any trim or cabinetry?  What is the overall design style that you are looking to achieve in each room?  Will the floorplan be open concept and, if so, will the flooring flow through the entire space?  Utilize your local hardwood flooring showroom to help you complement the design elements you have already chosen, or as a perfect place to begin your search for the perfect design.

Choose Your Flooring

Once you have determined the priorities of your home, it is time to choose a flooring product that will accommodate your needs.  Hardwood flooring is perfect to accommodate a wide range of function and design necessities, but with so many material options it can be difficult to choose between them. 

If durability is your primary concern, there are many different reclaimed flooring options available.  When using a reclaimed product, the natural weathered patina and the character of the product helps to hide dents and scratches.  Reclaimed hardwoods are also typically more durable than their traditional counterparts as they have been exposed to the elements for hundreds of years.  Reclaimed products also have a variety of options to give you the design element that you are searching for.  No matter what interior design style you are seeking, there is a reclaimed product that can help you achieve the perfect look. 

When looking at flooring types for unique areas in your home, such as over radiant heat or in basement areas, you might be more interested in an engineered product that is specifically designed to minimize shifting between the material after installation.  These products are perfect if you are concerned about gapping or cupping in areas that experience changes in temperature or moisture, and with the improvements in milling technology, you can accomplish almost any look that you would like with an engineered product.

Finally, if you are looking for a beautiful yet cost effective option, there are always traditional solid hardwood options.  With so many different traditional flooring materials available, it is important to speak with your hardwood flooring showroom expert in order to determine the perfect material, stain, and finish for your home.  These traditional options can be installed in any room in the home and come in a variety of widths with endless possibilities on color and finish.  If you are looking to truly customize the look of your home while maintaining a cost-effective renovation budget, then this is the perfect choice for you.

Whatever you determine your flooring priorities may be, the experts at Ward Hardwood Flooring can help!  With over 30 years of experience in the flooring industry, we seek to provide professional and quality service to every customer.  We take pride in every job, no matter how big or how small, and we would love to talk with you about your upcoming project today!  Email or call 303-674-6966 today for a free estimate!