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3 Elements To Consider When Buying Hardwood Flooring

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Looking to learn how to buy hardwood floor for your home? Below are some tips to help you make an educated decision.

It always helps to be prepared and educated before making a big purchase decision. Especially for something you'll be looking at and walking on for many years to come.

Hi my name is Steve Carolis, I'm writing this from the Carolis Flooring office,
and in this post I'll explain the top three factors you'll need to take into consideration
when buying a hardwood floor.

The three factors are:

  1. Color and species of the wood.
  2. Prefinished or unfinished wood
  3. And budget.

Color and Hardwood Species

Hardwood flooring means different things to different people. Some think of hardwood floor and see honey colored maple, while others envision rich red cherry wood or dark mahogany.

You can cut down the amount of time it takes you to choose your wood for you, just by deciding up front whether you want a lighter shade or darker shade wood.

A great way to help you decide is by taking a good look at the colors in the room or rooms where you want to place the new wood flooring and try to imagine what type of floor would look best with the furnishing, wall colors and overall decor.

Remember you can replace furnishings a lot easier than you can replace your wood floor. So make a decision that you'll be comfortable with for many years.

Once you have an idea of whether you like lighter or darker wood for your floor, stop by your local flooring store to see samples or call us to bring the sample to you, and learn more about the individual properties of different word species.

You may also need to decide whether you want to purchase unfinished or prefinished wood flooring for your home.

The Difference Between Prefinished and Unfinished Wood Flooring.

Prefinished wood is very popular choice do to it ease installation. Prefinished wood is expertly sanded, screamed, stained and encoded at the factory. It is then shipped to your home where can usually be installed by a professional installer
in a short time.

Some homeowners and builders however, prefer to purchase unfinished hardwood flooring. In this case the installation process is much longer and more cumbersome, because the wood must be finished on-site at your home. This involves a few refinishing steps in your home as well as a lot more time and effort on the part of the installers. But, is it consider one the best choices on the market, because the wood and finished product is of better quality.

Project Budget

For many homeowners budget is a very important consideration. The price of wood can vary significantly depending on the species. Width and link the planks and whether the wood is unfinished
or prefinished.

Cost: Prices typically range from three to seven dollars per square foot. The difference can really add up over the space of a large room or multiple rooms.

It will save you time on your decision process if you approach your local flooring store or professinal with a tentative budget in mind or at least a maximum number, this will help the flooring expert you speak with to steer you in the right direction and make better recommendations.


Thinking about these factors before visiting or calling your local flooring specialist will help you more easily make a decision that fits your flooring vision and budget.

If you happen to live in Western Massachusetts, we love to hear from you here at Carolis Flooring where our job is to put the perfect flooring under your feet.

Give us a call at 978-413-2887 I'll be happy to help you with your next flooring project.

Thanks for reading, I hope this article helped you craft a better decision.



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