Wood flooring is
a classic look for any home, but there are trends to consider when
installing a new floor or refinishing an existing one:
1. Wide floor
If you have
smaller rooms, consider the trend toward wider planks, which create
the illusion of more space. While wide boards can work in any room,
the look is especially nice for cozier rooms.
products continue to be popular, including bamboo and cork. Bear in
mind that these flooring materials aren’t as tough as hardwood, and
will need different maintenance and care. They may however, give your
rooms a fresh, natural appeal.
information about bamboo and other flooring options, see the Angie’s
List Guide to Wood Floor Alternatives.
of exotic woods has contributed to global deforestation. An
alternative is to have floors made of wood reclaimed from old
buildings or other sources. In the case of oak and some other
hardwoods, reclaimed wood may make a better floor, since wood in older
buildings often came from heartwood.
3. Color choice
such as deep cherry and mahogany, remain popular, and help create a
sense of opulence and grandeur associated with classic comfort.
Lighter colors contribute to a more casual, natural look. Ask your
flooring professional to show you the latest options in wood floor
At one time,
wood floorboards routinely bore the marks of having been scraped by
tools to create as smooth a finish as possible. Today, handscraped and
distressed floors are becoming popular, and there are a variety of
ways to achieve the look, which can add cost.
flooring now comes precoated with a clear finish of tiny metal
crystals that create a solid, protective layer. Such prefinishing
allows floors to be quickly ready for foot traffic after installation.
information about wood floors, see the Angie’s List Guide to
Hardwood Flooring. And when considering a new floor or having an
existing one refinished, check Angie’s List for local consumer
reviews on wood flooring professionals, who are among more than 550
service providers on the List.