There are a few things you should know up front about hardwood flooring. The first is that there must be an acclimation period, for the wood to get used to the humidity in your specific spaces. This usually takes between 24 and 72 hours, after which installation can continue as planned. These floors can also never be installed in below-grade spaces such as basements. If you need flooring installed in such areas, ask one of our qualified flooring professional about a good alternative.
You have some personal options to finalize in choosing the perfect hardwood flooring. Species, stain color, and the specific finish type you want are all important aspects of your flooring experience. Choosing the right species is very important, as it places such an integral role in the lifespan of your flooring. For instance, if your home is excessively active, with lots of traffic, too soft a species could result in premature wear.
Finishes can be a big decor element, but they also work to hide the signs of wear and tear. High gloss finishes can show every little scratch and scrape, but distressed, vintage, or hand scraped, for example, will hide those things. Over time, it can even manage to extend your already lengthy lifespan for your floors.