Hardwood is one of the most common flooring options to install in a custom home. They’re easy to maintain and are a good option for people that suffer from allergies or have pets. However, there are many options you can choose from when it comes to custom hardwood. You’ll have to decide on the wood species, plank size, texture and finishes.
There are a number of different species of wood that can be installed in your home. Red and white oak are popular options for their durability and stability. Maple is extremely hard but has subtle graining. Brazilian cherry is known for its vibrant colouring, while bamboo is an eco-friendly option.
Hardwood flooring used to come in standard sizes—but now narrow and wide wood plank floors are available to complete your dream design. Wider planks will have fewer seams, but should also be longer in length to balance the design. You also don’t have to stay with just one width in a room—varying the plank size can create an interesting and unique look in your custom dream home.
There are four main types of wood textures: smooth, hand scraped, wire-brushed and distressed.
- Smooth finish indicates a factory finish that has been sanded flat. These textures take stain well but can show scratches easily.
- Hand scraped is a good texture for high-traffic areas because the lived-in look can easily hide scratches and dents.
- Wire-brushed is a middle texture that can enhance the natural grain of the custom hardwood.
- Distressed flooring has an antique look complete with burnt spots, dents and scratches.
To protect and enhance your custom hardwood floors, you’ll also have to choose a finish. From wax and polyurethane to shellac and acid-cured—there are a number of different options to protect and showcase your flooring. A flooring expert will be able to help you navigate the choices and help you choose the perfect finish for your specific needs.
When you choose Omega Homes as your custom home builder, we’ll help you every step of the way—from picking the perfect lot to build your home to explaining the difference between different hardwood species for your flooring.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help get you started on the journey to build the custom home of your dreams.