Whether you select solid or engineered, there will be a wide assortment of domestic (harvested in North America) and exotics (harvested outside the country.) Domestics tend to be warmer and more traditional, while exotics are darker and, some feel, more contemporary. Some species have an abundance of knots and swirls, while others, like cherry, are more subtle.
Currently, the most popular woods are hickory, oak (both white and red), maple, walnut, and cherry, but you're certainly not limited to those. Another consideration is hardness; some are tougher than others, so if you have extra durability issues, let your flooring expert know. Also, think about the plank width. Wider ones are currently trending and are more traditional and show off the knots and grains better. If your room is smaller or you prefer a more casual style, perhaps select narrow planks.
Some say installation is just as important as the product, so you'll always receive the highest quality craftsmanship. Solid is a tongue and groove, with a nail-down installation; it's a little more complicated with subfloor work and requiring highly skilled installers. Engineered can be a floating floor that clicks and hover over the floor. To learn more, visit the Crestview Flooring Inc showroom
in Sacramento, CA, and get your free hardwood flooring estimate. We service homes in Sacramento, CA, Roseville, CA, Rocklin, CA, Folsom, CA, and Elk Grove, CA.