Hardwood floors add classic charm to almost any dwelling. Solid wood can last for more than a century and is a great way to increase the value of your home. There are more choices of hardwood floors today than ever before, and because this requires a significant investment, you will want to choose carefully. My Balsam Hill Home uncovers the factors that will help you decide the right hardwood floors for your abode.
Hardwood species vary mainly in durability, grain pattern, and color. Domestic species, such as oak and maple, are among time-honored favorites because of their hardness. Yellow birch, white ash, beech, cherry, and walnut are likewise popular. Exotic wood, such as mahogany and Brazilian cherry, may not be as durable, but are loved for their striking appearance.
Each wood species has its own unique physical character. Oak exhibits a distinct grain while maple is very subtle. Exotics are very popular because of their distinguished grain patterns and color. Your choice should depend on your taste and the effect you want to achieve. In general, finer grain evokes a more formal appearance. Conversely, dynamic grain exudes a casual look.
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