Home upgrades improve the quality of your home for your own pleasure as well as increasing the value of your home. One if the most popular ways to upgrade a home is to install hardwood flooring. If you ask successful real estate brokers what their clients look for in a new home, most will tell you hardwood floors is a big seller. With that in mind you may want to look into choosing flooring for a quick upgrade in your home.
One of the more popular woods is hickory hardwood flooring because of its simple beauty and interesting variations. Indeed, within the hickory genus there is a “true hickory” and “pecan hickory” The main difference is the coloration with true hickory, referred to as shagbark that tends to be lighter while the pecan hickory tends more toward caramel coloration. You can learn more about your options and see examples at www.flooranddecoroutlets.com/hardwood-solid.html
The key thing for a buyer to be careful of if they want a more uniform appearance with minimal markings is to ask the seller to see a representative piece among the boards they are buying. There are important terms regarding grading to know as well:
- Top grade/ Select and Better means that there are a minimal number of knots and defects in the wood Top grade is better suited for higher end décor.
- Lower Grade means that there are more knots, defects and variations. Lower grade is better for a log cabin or a home with a more country or rustic look.
The hickory hardwood flooring is hard to cut sand and stain so you may want to look into pre-cut and prefinished flooring and it would be wise to buy from an established miller who will be careful to allow the wood to dry properly to prevent warping and twisting post-installation.
Oak hardwood flooring is favored among homeowners. The wood is strong and lends itself well to sanding and staining for richer coloring and lasts for years and years with little aging or damaging effect to the wood.
Although there is the same hardness quality among the three grades of oak hardwood flooring:
- Select is the highest grade with the least variation in color and fewest knots. It is also more expensive.
- Number 1 Common has more color variation and knots in the wood.
- Number 2 Common has the most variation in color and more knots. This grade is also called Character Grade or Cabin grade due to its rustic appearance.