First, it's important to understand whether solid or engineered flooring is the best option for your home. In some cases, both options may work, but one may be better than the other. In some circumstances there may be a big differences in cost. Read above article for more info.
Second, what type of species do you prefer? What do you like better? What will hold up best for your family's needs? Do you have pets to consider? What will your budget allow? This article shows the most popular hardwood species and explains the pros and cons of each along with pictures.
Third, what color do you prefer? Do you like light or dark? Or somewhere in between? Do you like red or warmer tones? Do you like cooler tones? Do you like grays? Read here to learn more about the stain colors that are most in style for hardwood.
Debbie Gartner is known as The Flooring Girl. She owns her own flooring store in Westchester County NY. If you live in Westchester County NY and would like a free design consultation, call 914-937-2950. They install hardwood flooring, refinish hardwood floors and install carpet and carpet runners.