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Hardwood floor is a great way to beautify your home and increase its market value. But with so many options, making the right choice can be daunting.
First, ask for samples. Wood will always look different in your home than it does in the showroom. Oak and Maple are favorites in a traditional setting. While exotic species like Brazilian Cherry can really make a contemporary space pop. Narrow boards will make most rooms look larger.
Wider planks tend to make a room feel smaller and more intimate. For high traffic areas, avoid soft woods like Pine, as they can dent and scratch easily. And unless you are matching an existing floor, choose pre-finished flooring. It doesn't have to be sanded or sealed. And that will make your life a whole lot easier.
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