Prior to tackling hardwood floor installation, you will need to educate yourself about the different types of wood and the advantages and/or disadvantages of each.
Types and Styles of Hardwood Floors
Before hardwood floor installation, you have many options to consider. First you will need to choose your wood.
Oak is widely used and can be stained to any desired color. For example, it is not unusual to install an oak hardwood floor with a cherry stain.
Maple and teak woods are also common choices. Once you choose the wood, you will need to choose a style.
Parquet, Plank, and Strip are common styles. Planks only differ in style from strip by their wider width and parquet floors have a distinct continuous design.
Advantages of Hardwood Floor Installation
The beauty and ambiance that hardwood floors provide is probably the biggest reason that people choose this type of flooring.
Unlike carpet, hardwood floor installation usually requires the placement of a sub-floor.
This will provide more strength, but also provides more insulation, helping to conserve energy.
If properly protected and maintained hardwood floors can last for lifetimes.
The quality of hardwood depends on storage and seasoning, so before you begin hardwood floor installation, seek the advice of a professional.