What to Consider

Choosing a wood floor for your home doesn’t have to be complicated. Wood has been used as a floor covering for centuries and is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your floor:

Prefinished or Unfinished

Prefinished engineered can be installed on any level, particularly below grade or concrete subfloor. It’s ready to install straight from the box and walked on immediately. It’s the quickest way to replace or add wood flooring, and there is no dust or chemicals.

Unfinished flooring has more options since it’s installed, sanded, stained, and finished in your home. It provides the ultimate ability to customize your floor to fit the exact look you want to achieve.


Check character marks such as natural colors, distinctive grain patterns and visual effects such as knots and mineral streaks; for a rustic look, consider floors with frequent marks, and the opposite for a clean, smooth look.


Where you plan to install your new hardwood floors makes a big difference i.e., second story vs. basement. Any area beneath ground level, including walkout basements is considered “below grade”; a floor even with the outside ground level is considered to be “on grade”; and, floors above ground level are known as “above grade.”

Solid or engineered

Solid wood flooring is recommended only for on grade or above grade. It must be nailed or stapled into a wood subfloor or glued over concrete that is at or above grade; engineered flooring allows installation over any subfloor type above or below grade.

  • Color

    Easily match your décor from our select hardwoods with their variety of stains and finishes.

  • Species

    Domestic wood is found in North America and known more for traditional natural colors and grain patterns.

    Exotic originates outside North America usually in South America, Asia and Africa and distinguished by unique natural colors, grain patterns and increased density.

  • Gloss level

    The degree of light reflected by your floor, usually described as high gloss, semi-gloss, low gloss and ultra-low gloss, helps complete the desired look.

  • Board width

    Narrow strip flooring performs well, particularly in smaller rooms, while wide plank boards—our most popular—typically have greater appeal in larger rooms and lofts.