Hardwood flooring can be a great investment for your home. Whether you’re thinking of selling in the near future or just want to prepare for a home sale down the line, wood flooring is an attractive asset to have on your side. Hardwood floor installation gives you between 70% and 80% return on investment! At GCS Flooring Company, we will make sure that you get the best of service that you really deserve, and enjoy the best type of hardwood flooring for your home.

If you’d like to add hardwood flooring to your home, here’s what our hardwood flooring installers have to say about choosing the right floor for you.

Hardwood Flooring Tips

  1. Type of Wood

The type of wood species you choose will affect the durability, color, and grain patterns in your new floors. Wood floor installation is an investment in your home, which is why it’s important to research what wood species would best complement your interior design. Your local remodeling company can help you find the right hardwood.

  1. Wood Texture

Do you prefer sleek hardwood floors or something more rustic? Either way, hardwood floors come in a variety of textures to match your design preferences and lifestyle. For example, you may want to consider distressed wood flooring if you have a busy household with high foot traffic. Rustic hardwood flooring is also great for disguising scratches from pet claws or wheelchair and walker use. Highly polished hardwood floors, on the other hand, make your home look elegant and sophisticated.

  1. Floor Color

Wood species used for hardwood floors come in a range of colors to complement your home’s surroundings. For example, dark hardwood floors can help make a large house feel cozier. Likewise, white wood flooring helps your home feel more spacious and airy. Light hardwood floors are also able to disguise dirt better than their dark counterparts.

Keep in mind that what color hardwood you pick will also affect the level of maintenance needed to keep your flooring looking nice. For example, black wood flooring is more likely to show dust and dirt. While black hardwood flooring can give your home a touch of luxury, many of the homeowners we work with decide to install dark wood floors that are just a shade or two lighter.

  1. Durability

Looking for wood floors that won’t scratch from Fido’s claws? You may want to consider red oak hardwood flooring. Red oak flooring is able to resist scratching better than other species (like pine), which makes it an attractive choice for pet owners. Also, keep in mind that scratches in solid hardwood flooring can be sanded out and refinished as needed.

  1. Lifestyle and Traffic

Today’s flooring industry offers a wide variety of hardwood flooring products designed to suit the lifestyle of every household or business. When selecting a hardwood floor, it’s important to think about the daily wear and tear it will endure and learn about the density and or hardness of different wood species. 

If you have kids, pets, or have a high traffic household you may want to consider a hand-scraped and distressed or wire-brushed hardwood that conceals small scratches and dents more than your standard smooth finished hardwood floor.