Timber flooring is beautiful and durable. They also come in many varieties that have various strengths and weaknesses. The suitability of a type of floor depends on practical considerations such as foot traffic and environmental factors within the house. Equally important are the aesthetic considerations that give the house a homely feel. Below are some issues to consider to help you choose the right floor for your home. 

Do you want hard or soft wood?

The decision to opt for hard or soft wood boils down to two things, traffic, and environment. Hardwoods are more durable in high traffic areas while quick growing softwoods like pine, fir, cedar, and spruce do well in light use areas. If you use evaporative air conditioning, your house experiences increased humidity. In such a case a hardwood that withstands humidity like Jarra is ideal. Other environmental considerations include resistance to termites and fire depending on your locale. It is important to remember, however, that there is a difference in cost between these two kinds of wood. Hardwoods tend to be costlier than softwoods.

Which kinds of grading do you prefer?

Grading refers to the texture and natural features of the timber like knots and insect trails; such floors create a rustic look. You might prefer options with a uniform appearance for smoother looks. Grain variations include rustic wood with larger knots, straight-grained wood or rough distressed wood.

What color matches the rest of your interior?

Color dictates the mood in a room. Choose a colour that fits with the overall theme of your home. Timber floors can be bright or dull coloured. You can modify the look by staining or choose to retain the natural appearance of timber.

What is your ideal floor style?

Floor planks can be wide or narrow; narrow strips create a busy look. Also consider how they will be attached, whether using grooves on long edges or all edges. Also, take into account what finish you would like on the timber flooring like matte, high shine or subtle sheens. Consider also whether you prefer a flat surface or a bit ruggedness.

While choosing the type of timber floors, also take other factors like additional features you might need for instance acoustic overlay and water vapour barriers. Solid wood floors are known to be hard wearing in nature, but they also need some maintenance from time to time to ensure they remain in great condition. If the house has many or very active occupants such as children, floors should be stronger to withstand severe use.