First of all, let’s consider your most basic options. When it comes to hardwood floors, there are both solid wood, and engineered wood. The solid option is one piece of wood, all the way through, while engineered features a veneer of real wood on various backing materials. So what’s the difference?
Solid wood is temperamental when it comes to humidity and temperature changes. For this reason, it is never to be installed in basements, and your installers will have to leave a bit of a gap around the edges, so that it doesn’t warp, crack or split. Engineered would does not react in the same way, so it’s a bit more forgiving in those situations, and can be installed in basements. This makes the latter a great choice, if a basement room is one that you need refloored.
Species is a very important factor when picking out your solid hardwood floors. Some, such as oak, are much harder than others are, and can withstand much heavier foot traffic and everyday wear and tear. Exotic species are often noted as being even harder than domestic species, so you’ll want to discuss this with your flooring professional. Getting the right species can make all the difference when choosing your floor covering.
You’ll also want to speak with your flooring professional about finish options and installation. These are also very important factors for your hardwood flooring.