Solid hardwood continuously remains one of the most popular types of flooring because of its warm, classic look but it is also one of the more expensive flooring materials on the market. Hardwood flooring is versatile in its look, is long-lasting and will withstand up to five refinishes to remove surface scratches. Hardwood flooring increases the resale value of your home as it’s such a sought-after feature for many.
Many kinds of wood are available, from domestic species such as oak, maple, & walnut to exotic varieties such as Brazilian cherry, and come in planks of varying widths and lengths. Wood flooring can be sold either finished or unfinished. Unfinished flooring requires sanding and finishing it after installing. Prefinished wood flooring typically costs less and involves less work. Also, the factory-installed finishes are usually more durable than anything you could do yourself.
Wood is a renewable resource, but it isn’t always harvested in sustainable ways. Cutting trees without planting new ones in their place, or cutting them faster than new ones can grow, may contribute to global warming.