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Hardwood Flooring Tips: How To Choose the Right Hardwood for your Home

Hardwood flooring is notorious for adding value to your home. And we all know how home buyers' eyes light up when they walk into a home and see shiny hardwood floors. Classic, sophisticated, and durable, beautiful hardwood flooring can completely elevate the design aesthetic of your home. But how do you choose hardwood flooring that's right for you, your house, and your lifestyle?

What to consider when choosing hardwood floors

Wood Species

There's a large selection of wood species to choose from, each with their own unique grain, color, hardness, and durability. Depending on the look you want and how active your home is, the species of wood you choose is very important.

Common wood species recommended for active homes

If you have small children or pets constantly running around your home, you're going to need hardwood floors that will stand up to the wear and tear of daily occurrences. For very active homes, you'll want to buy the hardest woods you can find. Harder woods stand up to dents and scratches better than softer woods.

  • Oak: Oak is extremely durable and long-lasting. A hard-wearing and heavy wood species, it comes in two colors and has a beautiful open grain.
  • Maple: Heavier than oak, maple wood is strong and moisture-resistant.
  • Walnut: This wood is known for its strength and can certainly stand up to daily wear and tear.

Board Width

When choosing your hardwood floors you'll have to decide what board width you'd like. Choose between narrow strips, wide planks, or parquet squares. Narrow strips are less than three inches wide and offer a traditional look that helps make spaces look larger. Wide planks are wider than three inches and can provide a modern or rustic look depending on the color and finish you choose. Parquet squares evoke more of a formal ambiance and are perfect for formal dining rooms or banquet halls.


You can find hardwoods in nearly every color. The color is ultimately your preference and depends on the species of wood you like. There are beautifully exotic deep-red hues like Brazilian cherry or more traditional brown-grey hues like white oak. The choice is yours.


Texture can make your hardwood flooring look old or new. Choose a distressed texture for a rustic or antiqued look, or choose a glossy texture for a more modern style. Manufacturers can typically customize the texture of hardwood flooring to match the look you're going for, whether it's worn or new.


The finish of your hardwood flooring works as a protective layer to prevent scratches and dents. There's a variety of finishes to choose from, and your decision will ultimately depend on how durable and moisture-resistant you need your floors to be.

  • Oil-based polyurethane: One of the most popular finish choices, an oil-based polyurethane takes a long time to dry, but is extremely durable and easy to maintain. It's important to note that this type of finish adds an amber hue to your wood and is flammable.
  • Water-based polyurethane: This finish provides a clearer coat than oil-based and dries in half the time. It is so durable that it's commonly used in commercial settings.
  • Moisture-cured polyurethane: This finish is ideal for those who need their hardwood floors to be more moisture-resistant.
  • Penetrating oil: This finish is great for antique hardwood flooring. This finish does just what the name implies, and penetrates the wood's pores to create a seal. This finish is very durable but takes 24-48 hours to dry in between coats.

Hardwood flooring can increase the value of your home, and last a lifetime. Follow these tips and choose the hardwood flooring that's right for your home. If you're looking for hardwood flooring installation, Hans Kitchen and Bath has on-staff licensed installers who will complete your installation efficiently and on schedule from start to finish.

Hans' Kitchens & Baths Owners, Glenn Corrigan and Don Fichtler have learned from the best, their father Hans Fichtler, C.K.D. With 30 years experience each, the brothers started as helpers in their father's shop. With this many years in the business, we at HANS KITCHENS & BATHS are able to provide you with uncompromisable value. Call 973-839-6627 | 1-800-834-6627 or visit us at 10 Colfax Ave., Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 07442

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