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Tips on How to Pick Hardwood Flooring

Are you renovating your home or building new and have opted to install hardwood flooring? Great choice. Hardwood flooring is durable, attractive and lasts for years. Depending on your preferences and needs, there is suitable hardwood flooring for every situation, space, style and taste. How to pick hardwood flooring doesn’t have to be daunting or frustrating. Just start with the experts. At Gaylord Hardwood Flooring our knowledgeable and professional team can advise you on what hardwood flooring will work best for you.


Wide Plank white oak

From Style to Stain:

“When the customer first comes into our Tweed Showroom we try to help them narrow down their choices,” explains Greg Gaylord. “First, we find out what look they’re going for. Is it a modern look or a more contemporary look? Or maybe they’re going for a rustic look. From there, we try to find out what type of wood they’re looking for. This includes finding out what kind of grain pattern they prefer. For example, oak has a fairly heavy grain while maple has very little grain. This affects the look of the floor.” Gaylord staff can also help customers choose a board width that will best suit the look of the floor and offer advice on stain colour choices.

Where is that Hardwood Flooring Going?

Another important consideration is where the hardwood floor is going to be laid. Were you planning on covering the basement floor with hardwood? Engineered Hardwood Flooring, designed for use over concrete, which tends to hold moisture, is the best way to go. It’s also designed for use over radiant heat and below-grade applications. “Engineered hardwood flooring is much more stable than solid hardwood flooring, and you can glue it directly to the concrete floor,” Greg explains. Although solid hardwood flooring can be used over a concrete floor, it will be more susceptible to contraction and expansion because of the varying moisture levels in the concrete. Another consideration should be how much wear and tear the hardwood flooring you choose will take. Is it a high traffic area like a hallway entrance or the family room? Then you’ll want to choose a harder species of wood like hickory, maple or ash. Maybe you’re planning on installing hardwood flooring at your cottage. That could influence your choice, too, especially if your cottage doesn’t have air conditioning or controlled or relative humidity. Gaylord’s Wide-Plank Live Sawn Oak is an ideal choice for those situations. The way the oak is sawn creates a very stable floorboard, meaning less shrinkage and expansion as the wood naturally absorbs and loses moisture. Room aesthetics can also influence flooring choices. Before heading to our showroom, take a good look at the area you want to lay a hardwood floor in. Consider the lighting in the room in daylight and at night, noting the placement of windows, skylights and indoor lighting. They will all affect the look of your hardwood flooring. Even the size of the room, the sight lines to the rest of your home and the flow between rooms can influence your final choice of flooring.

A Look You’ll Love

Now that you have a few pointers on how to pick hardwood flooring, visit our showroom and pick the brains of our experts.  They have the knowledge and will take the time to provide you guidance throughout your hardwood flooring purchase process. Hardwood flooring lasts a lifetime. At Gaylord Hardwood Flooring, we want our customers to find flooring they will continue to love for all those years to come.

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