Flooring is typically the term used to describe the work of laying down an entire flooring system, including the installation of such a system on a single floor. Floor covering is also a term generally used to describe any finish product applied over an existing floor to give a new walking surface to a home owner.
The most common flooring used in North America are wood floors, but they are not the only option, and the term ‘hardwood flooring’ is usually used to refer to those floors that are made from different types of wood. There are a number of other types of hardwoods that can be used in the installation process, but they are much less common than their wooden counterparts. The term ‘softwood’ is another popular term that describe the hardwoods used to install floors, and this type of flooring can be as close to a perfect match to the surrounding surface as you can get.
When you choose to install hardwood floors on your home, you can achieve a unique look by choosing the right wood. You should always pay attention to the grain and pattern of the wood, as this will determine how the flooring looks and feels once it has been installed.
The most common hardwood species used in the installation of floors are oak, with maple and birch being other popular choices. Some homeowners prefer a more traditional look by choosing mahogany as a replacement for oak. There is also redwood available, and it can also be used in many installation situations, but redwood is best suited for use where a more traditional look is desired. Redwood can sometimes have a reddish-brown stain, but there are some species that do not require this extra stain. Some homeowners choose a white finish for their flooring, but if you choose a white flooring that contains chemicals in it, you may want to choose a different type of finish so that it does not bleed, which will be visible once water gets underneath.
Before you begin to install any flooring on your home, you should always contact a professional flooring company to discuss your options. You should also consider purchasing a few samples of the products they offer, so that you can make an informed decision about which one you want to buy. There are different types of flooring available, so it will be important to research each product before making final decisions about the purchase. After you have decided on the type of finish you want, it will be time to choose which type of wood you will use. Choose a hardwood that is a good match for your home’s current flooring and have a nice natural appearance to it.
To help with your choice, research the different types of hardwood, and how each one looks when finished. Look for information online or from a flooring professional who is familiar with the different types of hardwoods, as this will allow you to make an informed decision before the installation begins.