A great species gives you the best foundation on which to build. The busier your in-house activity levels, the harder your wood species needs to be to help reach the specified lifespan. Softer species are excellent for low-traffic areas such as closets and pantries but never work well in highly-traveled areas.
The finish you choose is also important, as some can offer added protection against wear. For instance, hand-scraped or wire-brushed finishes can resist scuffs, scratches, and water spots, leaving you with floors that look newer longer. This is a wonderful option for homes with pets or children.
It’s important to remember that flooring your basement with the solid wood variety is never an option. As an alternative, we recommend a good engineered wood floor. This product stands up better to dampness, humidity, and changes in temperature and will last much longer in this area.