While all kinds of flooring options have emerged on the market over the years, nothing still beats hardwood. In terms of style, quality, and durability, it still is the best material to use for constructing floors. It would be interesting to note that there are different ways for you to get the flooring that you want; all you need is to get a little creative with it. Here are some of the things you need to consider to a hardwood floor that’s distinctly your own.
1. Species – This is the first step in determining the direction of your floor. The type of wood you select for your floor will determine not just its properties such as its durability, but it will also determine how your floor will look like. Different species of wood have distinctive aesthetic properties such as color, pattern, and graining. While rarer variants have a more distinct look, each kind of hardwood has its own distinguishing features.
2. Colors – Color is one area where a hardwood floor can stand out. As mentioned earlier, your choice of wood is the primary determining factor on what its color would be. Also, the type of treatment/s the wood received (ex.: varnish, clearcoat) can affect its final color and other properties such as shine. Going for one shade of wood works in most settings, but you can choose woods of different colors for a single floor to create your own floor designs.
3. Design Patterns – One of the things that make hardwood unique from other floor materials is the natural patterns it possesses. Certain species of hardwood have patters that are only evident on close inspection, while others have more distinct patterns that pop out. Which pattern is better? It is completely up to you. There are even homeowners who create unique floor designs by taking full advantage of these natural wood patterns.
4. Surfaces – Many would think that the surface of the wood merely affects its traction properties and its wear resistance. However, the type of surface you choose can slightly affect the final look of your floor as well.
Some like the surface smooth, so that it can reflect light best. Others like a more weathered surface to complete a more rustic, natural appearance. Again, there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing hardwood surfaces.
Hardwood is considered the best material for building floors for good reason. You can maximize its value by using its properties to creatively construct your floor from the ground up.