What are today’s best hardwood choices for older homes?
Eventually, these hardwood floors were priced low enough to become common in most rooms in the home. Hardwood in those days depended on which wood species were locally available, could be had in abundance, and were also attractive and usually were either red oak or maple. Today’s hardwood choices still include red oak and maple, but now include walnut, cherry, pecan, hickory, and many other species which can be had in both wide-plank and narrow-strip sizes. However, there has been one more recent addition that makes new hardwoods stunning, a coating of polyurethane that delivers far more durability plus a bright shine.
Fortunately, you can now install exotic hardwood flooring in older homes and still obtain a harmonious interior style. This is doable because some exotic wood species feature stand-out grain patterns along with rich colors that will enhance your older home’s ‘look’. If you want a floor that simulates being gently worn, think about installing distressed hardwood. The application of special stains and distressing methods will now give you a rustic, weathered ‘look’ of naturally-aged hardwood that tells you that it’s been walked on for generations, yet distressed hardwood flooring will still have charm, warmth and will retain its value for a long time.