5″ x 3/4″ Hand Scraped Hickory (Old West) Prefinished Hardwood Flooring by Hurst Hardwoods Kitchen InstallationHardwood is one of the many viable options you have when laying real wood flooring in your home. Depending on your personal financial circumstances and your personal preferences, this may easily be the best option for you. Some people will go the most practical way that may or may not lead you to install hardwood. Others may want to take advantage of the aesthetic use that almost always leads you to lay hardwood floors. Appearance: The first value that is most taken into account when laying real wood floors is the appearance. Genuine wood is popular because it's just beautiful. It is available in a variety of woods, styles and colors. In addition, different species of wood have different properties that may make them more desirable. Oak and bamboo are hard woods that facilitate care. In certain cases, the user may want to install cork, which is a softer wood. Value: Value is another important consideration when deciding to install real wood flooring. Real wood is more durable and easier to care for than other floor coverings, making it a very good choice. Although not always high on the shelf, it's always handy. Disadvantages associated with this flooring are the disadvantage that it is relatively more expensive than some other options for laying floor coverings. Real wood floors increase the value of your home. This is a definite plus if you ever plan to resell something, but even if you plan to spend a lifetime in your home, it is nice to know that you have done everything you can to make it as good as possible. Durability: Durability is the last factor we will discuss here. In my opinion, the toughness that you obtain when laying real wood floors more than compensates for the higher initial costs. The flooring not only lasts longer than other types of flooring, but can also be overhauled several times during its lifetime. Reconditioning allows you to change the look and color of your floor, if you so desire. You can also remove and cover up damage to the surface of the floor. Hardwood is easier to care for as the hard surface repels dust, dirt and moisture. Moisture that stays there for a while can be a problem as the floor may warp when absorbed by the wood.