Hardwood flooring will be one of the best looking investments in a floor that anyone could want. Timeless or contemporary, hardwood will tell a story about the home it resides in. Whether it’s an exotic Brazilian Cherry or Teak; time-honored American Hickory, Walnut, Oak and Maple; or even Bamboo and Cork. Every species will say something different about you, your home, your lifestyle.
Hardwood is different from laminate, vinyl or carpet. It is a floor type, not a floor covering. It is meant to be permanent, and seldom if ever changed or tore out. Expect to pay a little more for hardwood, but you’ll also be getting more: Something natural, something that ages with time, something whose patina will darken, and the occasional scratch or dent that gives hardwood a lived-in look.
Hardwood can be found in a variety of species and stains. Keep in mind that a natural stain will hide scratches better than a dark stain on a light-colored wood.