Just deciding that you want hardwood floors isn’t the end of your choices. There are other things you’ll need to consider, even after deciding that wood is the way you want to go. For instance, probably the most important decision you’ll make is whether to go with solid or engineered wood.
While solid is just what you might expect, a solid piece of wood all the way through. Engineered flooring has a veneer of real wood attached to a backing material. One of the main reasons that people choose engineered flooring over the solid option, is because it can be installed in rooms where solid cannot, such as basements and below grade rooms. For instance, you can use solid wood in all your above grade rooms, and switch to engineered for basements. You’ll still have the same wonderful look, with no worries about your basement flooring.
This floor covering easily has one of the longest lifespans you can find in a floor covering. Many historic buildings from hundreds of years ago, still have the original wood flooring that was installed when they were built. That should give you an idea of the lifespan you can have with your own hardwood floors if they are properly cared for and maintained.
If you’ve been putting off the idea of installing this floor covering because you might be selling your home, we have good news. These floors don’t just make your home look gorgeous; they are also an investment in your future. Most homes with hardwood floors sell for more than those without them.