When choosing flooring for your home, it is important to look at the advantages and potential drawbacks of each type so that you get the results you anticipate and understand what is involved in keeping your new flooring looking its best for years to come. One decision you may be facing is whether to go with traditional hardwood or exotic hardwood flooring. Here are some things to ask yourself during the decision process:
- Do I like the appearance? It is hard not to fall in love with the rich coloring and unique grain of many of the exotic hardwood flooring options. However, you should consider how it will look in your home and whether it truly fits with your décor and other surfaces. Be sure to view samples in your home as they may look different in your home’s lighting than at the showroom. Furthermore, exotic hardwood flooring is a real statement-maker, so if you want a subtle look, this might not be a good choice for you.
- Does it fit my budget? There is no doubt that exotic hardwood flooring is not inexpensive. These woods are more challenging to get, particularly ones sustainably harvested, so they come with a higher price tag.
- Is durability an important consideration? If you want the most durable hardwood flooring you can get, you should definitely look into some of the exotic woods. Many are extremely durable and can stand up to humidity, moisture, and quite a bit of wear and tear far better than softer woods.
- Can I manage the extra maintenance? Some species are more “fussy” than others, but many require regular maintenance to retain their sheen and appearance.