There are hundreds of stain colors from which to choose, and that decision may be one of the toughest decisions you’ll make. It has a major effect on the overall design style of your home, and it’s something you’ll be living with for a long time.

Seriously, though, it isn’t too difficult; understand your wood floors, and ask the right questions. Always ask the flooring expert for advice, and, as always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Understand your hardwood flooring

First, decide if you even need to stain them. Some species look beautiful in their natural state while others, like red oak, darken over time and can change the look. Then, you need to decide if you want factory-finished or on-site; you’ll be somewhat more limited in your choices when it’s factory-finished but, then again, you won’t have to deal with the mess or odor. Some of the things you need to consider are grain patterns because it will affect how smoothly it can be applied or how deep.

Think about whether the flooring fades or changes color when exposed to direct sunlight and, if so, what’s the best way to protect them? What is your overall style; the simple rule is that lighter colors add an airy, more contemporary look, while darker is more traditional. Are the floors to be a focal point or more “quiet?” Are you looking to coordinate or contrast the floors with other furnishings in the room?

Can I stain engineered wood floors?

Yes. Some engineered hardwood is thick enough to be completely stripped and then stained, while others can have a translucent glaze that will darken it a bit. This is something you should discuss in detail with a professional.

Hardwood floors are prized for their strength and style. We’ll help you sort out a wide variety of colors, textures, species, and styles so you make the perfect choice for your home. Visit the A&D Carpets & Hardwood showroom in Augusta, GA, especially if you live in Martinez, Evans, Augusta, and North Augusta. You’ll also walk out with a free quote for your hardwood flooring.