Light tone hardwood flooring in a Portland, OR home

How to choose hardwood flooring

Selecting flooring is a basic yet essential decision you make for your home. For one, it?s a significant investment. Second, it sets the tone for the entire house and expresses your style. You?ll never go wrong with a professional hardwood flooring installation, but choosing the right one isn't just a matter of choosing a color. Stay focused on your needs, and come to our flooring store in Portland, OR with any questions you have, and you?ll be fine. Here are some things you?ll need to decide.

Choose your hardwood type

One version of hardwood flooring is solid, which is one thickness throughout. While it looks solid with one big slice of your species-of-choice on top, engineered wood is layered. Those sheets are then placed in a crosswise position, giving the floor stability and a better ability to handle water.

Decide on prefinished or site finished

Some prefer prefinished because they don?t have to be concerned with dust, odors, or other mess. They also know what they?re getting and can start coordinating samples in hand while the floor is being prepared. Others prefer site-finished because there's a greater ability for customization, which allows for greater control over sheen.

Choose the type of finish

Finishing products range from oils to oil and water-based versions to polyurethanes and UV-cured urethane finishes. Ask your flooring expert about the best one for you.

Decide on plank width

Currently, wider planks are in, and designers love them for large rooms. Wide planks are more traditional and better able to display knots and swirls. If the room you plan to install is small, you may prefer a narrower one.

Select grain pattern

Logs are cut in three ways: plain-sawn, rift-sawn, and quarter-sawn. They each form different grain patterns, from traditional to long linear to a combination of both. It comes down to your personal preference and style.

At Marion?s Carpet & Flooring?Warehouses, our experts will help you decide on the right hardwood flooring for you. Come in for some information, inspiration, and a free quote at our showroom in either Wilsonville and Portland OR. We service Wilsonville, Portland, Beaverton, Vancouver, and Lake Oswego.