How we choose to design our houses is an important decision for our everyday lives. We want attractive house designs that can be accomplished within a given budget. We also want durable installations within the house with minimal maintenance costs during the subsistence of our stay in the house. Floors are an important part of the overall house design and appearance and homeowners are advised to take keen concern when selecting the type of wood floor material and design.
Wood floors are not only meant to be attractive, but they also give the house a warm feeling beneath our feet. The type of wood floor material and finish influences the cost of flooring the house. Other aspects such as the finish on the wood floor determine the color and resistance of the floor to staining. In this article, we seek to briefly discuss the important factors to consider when choosing the ideal type of hardwood floor for your house.
Different types of wood floor sales at different prices and the floor finish prices are also set differently. The flooring cost component is met into folds in the cost to buy materials and the labor cost required to fit the floor as required.
For instance, the price of exotic hardwood flooring is generally more expensive compared to domestic hardwood floors. Additionally, pre-finished wood material will cost more than the unfinished wood material. The difference in the two types is that the pre-finished wood floor is delivered at the house site ready for fitting. Pre-finished wood is already sanded or painted and there is less on-site labor required during fitting.
On the other hand, if you purchase unfinished wood, you will have to budget for vanishing costs upon arrival of the wood floor to the house site.
2.Nature and Design of the Space
Suitability of hardwood flooring is affected by the nature and architectural design of the house space requiring flooring. You might want to select a distinct design and floor finish for the house porch, the living room or the dining area to complement the general appearance of the house. For instance, for the basement area, a firm type of wood flooring might be required to suit the relatively heavy loading in these types of areas in the house.
Buyers of the wood floor are advised to use the Janka Hardness Scale to measure the hardness and resistivity of the wood material to wear and tear. In areas likely to host large crowds for house parties, pets you might want to consider Brazilian Teak or Brazilian Cherry which are among the hardest of hardwood floor materials.
3.Species of Wood Material
Hardwood flooring material can either be exotic or domestic wood. Domestic Species are mainly sourced from North America and may include the Red Oak, Maple, Hickory, the American Walnut, or the American Cherry. Domestic wood species are rather more common and are also cheaper compared to Exotic species.
Exotic wood species are sources from outside North America from regions such as South America, Africa, and Australia. Exotic wood species may include Santos Mahogany, Australian Cypress, and the Brazilian Cherry.
The two types of wood species differ in general appearance in terms of natural surface-graining and color. The difference in the source location for the two types of wood is often presented in the price variation between the wood species.
A homeowner seeks a specific style for their house when choosing the color of the wood flooring material. Oblivious to many, the choice of wood floor color directly complements the amount of daylight entering the house.
The color of the wood floor can greatly ruin or enhance the amount of daylight in the house. Darker floors give a better complementary look in a house with plenty amount of daylight, and for a house with a minimal amount of natural daylight is best suited for hardwood with a light color in appearance.
Hardwood flooring is available in a wide range of colors. Wood floor with lighter tone appearance can include Caribbean Heart Pine or Australian Pine. Darker wood flooring may include the American Walnut, the Brazilian Cherry or Santos Mahogany.
The decision to achieve the durability of the wood floor is hinged on a balance of the lifestyle of the house occupants and the type of wood selected in terms based on the quality of its intrinsic hardness. Additionally, the durability of the wood floor is also dependent on the hardness of the wood material used in the flooring.
Does the occupier have a pet that has a habit of scratching the floor with its nails? When choosing the wood floor, children’s activity should also be considered.
In instances when you might have a pet in the house, you should consider choosing the Red Oak or wood material of similar hardness for your hardwood flooring needs. The durability of the wood floor directly impacts on maintenance and replacement cost of the floor; the more the durability, the lower the maintenance cost.
It is possible to shop for the ideal type of hardwood floor with an understanding of the important factors of consideration when selecting the woof floor as discussed above or as one might be advised by a wood floor expert.