When I bought my apartment, I had no intention of replacing the original wood flooring. When the previous owner's furniture was in, I didn't notice the condition of the flooring, but once they moved out I figure out it was absolutely done. After years of the elements and many times being refinished, there was nothing I could do to save the floors.
I thought that getting a new hardwood floor will be easy as picking a wood and be done with it. But I was wrong. My contractor told me that “a number of factors determine what kind of wood flooring a home can accommodate and what will match best with the existing or planned décor and furnishings. Here is what I've learned from my wood flooring shopping experience.