Select a species of wood that is produced here in the U.S… Exotic wood used for floors may be from outside of the Untied States, which are not cut from managed, renewable resources, and therefore, may take away jobs from our own economy and help in perpetuating global warming.
The most common hard wood floor product is red oak. Its standard width is 2 inches. Its the cheapest and most highly produced and stocked flooring available. To obtain that exotic look, chose something else, especially different sized widths of flooring. You may even be able to use different types of wood on the same floor, if you use very wide planks for your installation. Try white oak, cherry, walnut or even hickory for a unique look and feel.
All grades of flooring (such as the clear grade) look good in single pieces. Try to obtain a photo of a completed floor with the material you are looking at. It makes a huge difference. The select grades usually do NOT have all the common characteristic marks of a real wood plank, such as grain patterns and knot holes. These natural characteristics are what bring out the warmth of a real hardwood floor.
Prefinished flooring is very...