"Whether you are building you custom estate home, doing a renovation to an existing space, or adding an addition to your home, hardwood flooring usually becomes one of the major topics to discuss with your custom builder or interior designer.
As far as solid hardwood flooring is concerned, there are many options available to homeowners who want beautiful wood flooring in their homes. There are three main classes of solid hardwood flooring: domestic hardwoods such as (white oak, red oak, American Walnut and American Cherry) exotic hardwoods (Brazilian Cherry, Santos Mahogany, and Wenge) as well as reclaimed hardwoods (heart pine, chestnut, oak).
Why is the species of hardwood flooring so important ? Picking the right species of hardwood will have a huge impact on all of the other design choices in your home. However, picking the proper species based on your lifestyle, is equally as important. Perhaps the single most important factor when choosing solid hardwood flooring is the Janka Hardness Rating Scale. This scale measures the pounds per square inch of pressure it takes to imbed a small metal ball into a given species of wood. The higher the number, the harder the wood.
This number is vital in allowing homeowners to cater their hardwood flooring species to the their lifestyles. If someone has young children who are active or entertain frequently, then it would make sense for the homeowner to consider a floor that is very dense. Whereas, for rooms with minimal usage may allow for less dense floor. The last thing a homeowner wants is to pick a hardwood floor that they love aesthetically, only to find it a nightmare to live with.
At Semerjian Builders, we take the time to understand your design goals and lifestyle. We guide you through all of the critical details and options such as choosing the proper flooring, so that you live comfortably in your new space and love your home.