? Which species is right for me?

The species you select will depend on your style, budget and personal preferences. More than 50 domestic and imported species of wood flooring are available to achieve your unique look. As a general rule, light woods will make a room appear more open and airy, medium woods will make a room feel warm and cozy, and dark woods will make a room feel stately and refined.

Site-finished or factory-finished?

Both site-finished and factory-finished wood floors have benefits and advantages. Choosing one over the other will depend on the level of customization you want to achieve, and your personal preference.

A site finish is one that is applied on the job site, in the room where the floor is being installed. This method offers the most customization. The trade-off, however, is that you will need to allow time for the finish to dry, during which time you will not be able to walk on your floor.

A factory finish is one that is applied at the factory, long before it reaches your home. This method offers the least customization. The benefit is that you will be able to walk on your floors immediately after they are installed.

Engineered or solid?

Both engineered and solid wood floors are made using real wood, but each has different uses based on where you want to install it.

Solid wood floors are made using one solid piece of wood. The thickness of the wood can vary, but generally ranges from 5/16? to 3/4?. Solid wood flooring can be used in any room that is above ground. One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times during its service life.

Engineered wood floors are manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers. The layers that you can?t see can be of the same species, a composite material, or different species. The top layer, which is the only layer that is visible, uses high-quality wood. The grain of each layer runs in perpendicular directions, which makes it very dimensionally stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood floors during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Engineered wood floors can be used in any room in a home, including those below ground.

Glossy or matte?

The sheen of your wood oor is a matter of personal preference. Gloss nishes offer the most shine and will re ect the most light, semi- gloss finishes offer some shine and will reaect some light, and matte finishes offer the least shine and will react the least light. The less sheen, the less you will notice small scratches and other wear that is normal with wood floors.