Photo CREDIT TED TODD. RGM credited for writing. You have decided that you want a hardwood floor in your property or in a specific room in your property. You may be re-decorating and sprucing up the property or you may be moving in and putting your own stamp on the place. When it comes to hardwood engineered flooring there are many options. Firstly, there is the type of wood – oak, maple, Walnut are just a few of the different options available to you. Each wood comes in its own distinct colour and a range of hardness to suit a variety of options. Engineered wood is made up many layers of ply that are stronger than regular solid wood with a wear layer on top, the wear layer is solid wood usually 4mm or 6mm. Choosing a hardwood floor is not just a case of saying “I want that one there”. Firstly, you need to consider a number of factors to ascertain the best type of wood flooring for you. The current floor structure This will depend on whether it is for a ground floor or upper level and what type of subfloor you have. A subfloor is usually constructed of concrete, plywood or particle board. Engineered flooring allows you to fit on many sub floor structures. The stability that engineered flooring offers makes it a no brainer, the range is always expanding too. The usage of the particular area Where are you installing the new hardwood floor? Is it for a room that is used for entertaining and saved for special occasions or is it the kid’s playroom? Different finishes will withstand different amounts of wear and tear. If your child is going to be rolling cars along it or (perish the thought) has a habit of drawing on the floors, Pets must be a consideration too. Picking a lacquered or oiled floor will be the conundrum Does it need to match adjoining floors? Are you just looking at installing a hardwood floor in one room? If so does it need to match the rest of the property? If it is going to run into a room that already has a solid floor do you need to match or will the run through look odd and mismatched? You may need to match the size of the boards and the colour as closely as possible. A good flooring company will be able to ensure that you know all of the options available to you. The lighting in the room Are you flooring a room that is dark with not much light available? If so you probably want to consider a lighter floor to try and create more of a light feel. Putting down a black floor is no good in a room that is already limited when it comes to light. Is the rest of the room and the décor light and airy? Does it need to match a theme or will you decorate to match the floor or vice versa? Different floorings have different colours but if you really like the look and feel of a particular floor that may be rather light you can of course stain it darker. Your budget Budget will definitely have an impact on the type of hardwood flooring that you can have. Like anything the higher the budget, the more options, you have but most solid woods are affordable and won’t break the bank having said that hardwood flooring is not the cheapest option available. It does however speak volumes in the style stakes. Maintenance vs appearance of the floor What’s important to you – is it the maintenance and upkeep of the floor or is it the appearance? There are many options of maintenance all relatively affordable and all tested to the highest scrutiny. There are products that add shine, Products that add another layer of protection. As well as products that just clean with the right chemical balances to not damage your floors finish, a professional company will be able to guide you in the right direction. Finding the Right maintenance products for the floor you select. Talk to the experts Of course, with so many options and points to consider you may want some assistance and sound advice to aide you with your decision making. When it comes to advice make sure you speak to experts that know what they are talking about and will offer you the best options based on experience.