While there are many domestic and exotic species from which to choose, the most commonly selected are maple, cherry, walnut, oak, and hickory. To make the best choice for you, you’ll first have to answer two questions: Do you have extra durability issues? Do you want knots and swirls? Some species are tougher than others and some also have more knots and swirls than others.
Some other considerations are: Do you want a wide or narrow plank? Wide ones are more traditional while narrow ones are airier and more contemporary. Should you care about thickness? Thickness is critical for both solid and engineered versions because it determines how often the floor can be sanded and refinished. Ideal for solid is ¾-inch, and it can be sanded many more times than engineered. Engineered has a range, from ⅝ to ½-inch.
Maintenance is easy; vacuum without beater bars (rotating brushes) and polish periodically. Mats can be placed strategically at doorways and using protective furniture pads when moving is advised to prevent scratches. Keep pet nails trimmed and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes on the floor.
Hardwoodis beautiful, but your selection shouldn’t be based on appearance only. We can guide you to the right type, finishes and width. Come into the Keesecker Appliance, Furniture & Flooring showroom in Erwin, TN to speak to one of our wood flooring experts. We service Erwin, TN, Jonesborough, TN, Johnson City, TN, Unicoi, TN, Tri-Cities, TN, and Mars Hill, TN. Ask about our in-home consultations.