Carpeting might seem comfortable and affordable when you’re shopping in the home improvement store, but over the long term, it can be a disastrous choice for busy families. The type of flooring you choose should be designed specifically to handle the volume of traffic that will be traveling across it, and if you have pets and/or kids, it’s going to be A LOT. Home improvement experts agree that hardwood floor installation makes sense for busy Dallas/Fort Worth families, but once you’ve decided on hardwood, which type is best?
Hard Species Vs. Soft Species
It’s called “hardwood flooring” so most people assume that it’s all “hard,” but this isn’t actually true. There are harder and softer species of wood within this flooring category, and with a high traffic family, you definitely want something from the harder end of the spectrum. Softer woods like pine, cherry, and walnut can scratch easily, so be sure to focus on species like Brazilian cherry, hickory and Brazilian walnut.
Don’t Forget About Bamboo!
Technically, bamboo isn’t hardwood flooring because bamboo is a grass not a tree. However, this eco-friendly flooring option is extremely hard, making it an excellent choice for households full of pets and kids. As an added bonus, bamboo is naturally stain-resistant! So you won’t have to worry about cups full of juice or puddles of doggie pee ruining your finish.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Flooring purists will tell you that engineered wood flooring isn’t actually hardwood, but you’d never be able to tell that by looking at it. Made from several layers of hardwood or soft plywood that are topped with a layer of hardwood veneer, engineered wood flooring tends to be more stable, which is good for floors that will have to withstand a lot of wear and tear, and they’re also water-resistant.
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