Flooring: Hardwood

October 27, 2020

Hardwood floors are a perennial classic for a reason. They look great, are versatile enough to complement virtually any aesthetic you choose for a room– and they’re durable.

There’s a reason why you see so many old houses with beautifully preserved, glowing hardwood floors. Hardwood can last a very long time, and the nature of the material means that it can be refinished multiple times to keep it looking new. They’re also easy to keep clean, especially compared to something like wall-to-wall carpeting.


Hardwood isn’t just for old houses, of course! If you’re designing your own space and considering hardwood floors, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some information to get you started.




There are two main types of hardwood floors.


The first is solid hardwood, which is what you’re seeing in old houses that have hardwood floors that have stayed gorgeous for generations. True to its name, solid hardwood is just solid wood. It can be sanded down and refinished many times throughout its lifespan, to take care of any minor damage or just to give it a refresh.


The second is engineered hardwood. This is a much cheaper option, and it can be virtually indistinguishable from solid hardwood. The difference is that it’s a thinner layer of hardwood on top of a plywood base. Because of this thinner layer, it can really only be refinished once.




Solid hardwood is durable because it can be refinished as many times as you want, but it’s also susceptible to warping during changes in temperature and humidity. This could be a problem if you live in a place where it’s very humid or the temperatures fluctuate a lot. 


In terms of moisture, engineered hardwood is considered more durable. The way the material is put together prevents it from warping or buckling when exposed to moisture.


Types of Wood


The Janka Hardness Scale is used to determine which types of wood are the hardest. The higher a type of wood falls on the scale, the more durable it will be as flooring. Harder woods will also be more resistant to scratches and damage.


For example: Brazilian cherry, mesquite, and Santos Mahogany are harder woods, while Black Cherry, Southern Yellow Pine, and Douglas Fir are all softer woods that can be damaged much more easily.

Consulting the Janka scale is helpful during the process of choosing flooring, but it’s only one factor among many in choosing the best flooring for your home.




Your chosen type of wood and finish can greatly influence the general vibe of a room. It’s important to consider your general aesthetic plan for the room in order to determine whether a dark or light wood, and finish, will be most appropriate.


For a bright, contemporary space, you might consider a lighter wood. Light wood also tends to hide dirt and debris better than darker woods, which can be a perk if you occasionally let the housework slide. Light colors also have the potential of making a space feel larger!


Darker woods are classic, and tend to give a more formal and sophisticated air to a space. If you’re planning to sell your house anytime soon, dark woods can increase the resale value of your home. They can also provide excellent contrast with lighter-colored furnishings and decor.


Consult the Experts


Ultimately, only you can decide what type of hardwood floor will be perfect for your space and lifestyle. The most important thing is that you choose wood that you absolutely love! But the experts here at Kaufman By Design can provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. 

To get started, stop by, give us a ring, or send over a message! We’re looking forward to working together.