Once you’ve narrowed your flooring search down to hardwood, there are still some things you have to consider. One of those things is the particular wood species you’d like. Some species are harder, while others are softer, and you’ll want to choose according to the traffic in the rooms you’re looking to cover. For instance, you wouldn’t want to place a pine flooring in a room that has a lot of foot traffic. It would never stand up to the wear and tear.
You also have the choice of choosing prestained or unstained wood. Prestained has the stain applied during manufacturing, while unstained is finished in your home. The latter will take a little more time during installation, so keep that in mind when deciding.
The finish is another option you’ll want to think about. Most people choose a glossy finish that shines brilliantly. Other options include a vintage or distressed look if you want floors to look older, as well as a hand-scraped option. Both vintage and hand-scraped finishes work well in homes where scratches and scuffs are apt to occur. The finish hides them much more than a glossy finish would, and can even extend the life of your flooring.
In either case, once wear and tear does become apparent, you always have the option of refinishing your floors. This process can bring the like-new finish back to your hardwood and give you many more years of enjoyment.