Hardwood flooring is a top choice in floor-covering options. Hardwoods are durable; properly installed and finished, they can last the life of a house. They are easy to clean and refurbish, and they afford a homeowner the opportunity to “go green” by using reclaimed woods. Hardwood flooring adds an appealing natural warmth to any room it is used in, but since the material can be vulnerable to moisture, it is less desirable in wet areas such as bathrooms.
Hardwood floors, like other wood products, are available in a variety of quality levels or grades. In general, better grades cost more than lower-quality grades. Exotic species and special finishing treatments, such as hand-scraping or wire brushing, will usually increase the cost of the floor.