When you choose hardwood flooring
for your home, you are actually making an investment in your future. With the extra long lifespan hardwood has to offer, it's likely to be the last flooring choice you'll have to make. If you ever decide to sell your home, it will also add to the overall market resale value, which makes it a feasible investment in either case.
The species of hardwood you choose will have a large bearing on the durability and lifespan of the floor. Some species are harder than others, such as oak, maple and cherry. Softer species will have to be refinished more often, since they will take on damage faster than harder woods will.
Another thing that sets certain species apart from others is their ability to accept a stain. While you can stain any hardwood floor, some woods take the stain better than others do. In fact, there are several factors at play that can affect stain, so it's best to speak with a professional is it's a plan of yours to do this.