Fall is the perfect season to install new hardwood floors or refinish existing hardwood in your Toronto home. As a classic and durable natural material, hardwood adds warmth, heritage and lasting beauty to spaces. This overview covers the technical factors, popular styles, stylish living room ideas, and benefits of choosing hardwood for your upcoming renovation project.

Hardwood Types and Grades

The wood species and grade impact cost, durability, and overall look. Some popular species are oak, maple, hickory, ash, and walnut. There are so many stylish living room ideas. Exotic woods like Brazilian cherry offer unique visuals. Grades range from rustic with more knots to clear grades with flawless, smooth grain. Denser exotic woods and higher grades cost more but increase lifespan.

Plank Widths and Patterns

When it comes to hardwood flooring, standard strip hardwood typically runs between 2 1⁄4” to 3” in width. However, for contemporary homes, wide 5” to 7” planks can make a bold statement. If you want to add geometric flair to your floors, interesting patterns like herringbone, chevron, or mosaic parquet could be a great option. 

As you select your plank width and arrangement, it’s important to also consider the size of the room and the overall flow of the layout. Speak with a hardwood professional at Invision Hardwood Decor to find out which flooring is perfect for your home.

Finish and Stain Options 

Site-finished hardwood is a great choice if you want to customize the color of your hardwood floors. This type of flooring is sanded and stained onsite, which allows for a variety of color options. On the other hand, factory-finished boards come pre-stained for convenience, but there is less flexibility when it comes to choosing the color. 

If you prefer a natural look, penetrating oils are a good option to consider. If you want maximum durability, polyurethane is the most common top coat. Additionally, you can choose between a gloss, matte, or satin sheen to add the finishing touch to your new floors.

Why Install Hardwood this Fall?

Radiant Floor Heating Compatibility – Hardwood pairs excellently with radiant heat systems to disseminate warmth evenly across floors. New hardwood installation should be complete before the heating season starts. 

Flawless Look Before Holiday Guests – Freshly installed hardwood with no scratches or signs of wear provides the perfect clean slate before holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

Avoid Moisture Issues – Hardwood needs consistent indoor temperature and humidity to avoid issues like gaps or cupping. The dryness of fall indoor conditions is ideal for new hardwood.

Boost Resale Value – A brand new hardwood floor becomes a key selling feature if you plan to list your home next spring. Hardwood has broad buyer appeal.

This fall, make your Toronto home shine with the inherent elegance of natural hardwood floors installed or refinished throughout your living spaces. Call Invision Hardwood Decor today.