Choosing this particular flooring isn’t as simple as saying, “I’ll take hardwood”. Once you come that far, there are still some options for you to choose from, starting with whether you need solid or engineered. Solid, as the name implies, means that the flooring is constructed from a solid piece of wood, through and through. Engineered consists of a veneer of real wood on the top, attached to a backing material.
Engineered wood works great in areas where solid wood can’t be installed, such as basements and other below grade rooms you might be looking to floor. Since it doesn’t expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity the way that solid does, it’s a much better candidate for those areas.
You’ll also need to consider which wood species you’d like your flooring to be, such as oak or cherry. Some species are much harder than others, so you’ll want to consider the level of traffic you have in your home on a regular basis. Hard woods such as cherry are perfect for high traffic areas, as it is a harder species, while softer species such as pine work well for closets or very low traffic bedrooms.
Hardwood is another flooring you will want to have professionally installed, since specialized tools and a good deal of experience are necessary.