In both choices, you will need to choose a specific wood species. In solid flooring, the options are more abundant, including domestic as well as exotic species. Some are denser than others are, meaning they will be harder and stand up better under higher levels of traffic. They will also help to resist scratches, dents, and other dings, that are sure to happen over the scope of time.
Once you’ve narrowed down the perfect species, you can choose the finish you’d like to have applied to the top. Most homeowners choose the classic, popular slick finish, which is shiny, glossy and offers the age-old look most people expect when hardwood is mentioned. However, you also have the options of a vintage finish, which gives the appearance of an already aged wood, as well as hand scraped. The latter helps to alleviate the appearance of scratches and scuffs, and can even mean you won’t have to have your floors refinished as often or as soon.