What type of wood do you want?
It's important, for example oak
floors could mean ten (10) or so different products, of 3 different
grades. Is Domestic or Exotic species desired? Some species can
be used over radiant heat, many can not; some can handle humidity
better than others.
Different species have different standards, some
none at all. The higher the grade the "clearer" or more
top of the line the product is.
The angle in relation the grain as the log goes through the saw,
3 cuts are standard, plain, quartered, or riftsawn: The harder cut
(quartersawn has closer pours, thus making moisture less of an intruder.)
What is the thickness and width of the floor you have chosen ? What
are the lengths? This could important if adjoining floor covering
at doorways are not properly adjusted for. Some time the pattern
of the product you have chosen may not be right for your installation.
Always know or have specified the lengths, widths and thickness of
the wood floor choice you made.
The most common is with strip or plank, the direction may depend
on the subfloor joist (nail down), parquet may be in many patterns
and/or designs from simple to intricate cuts and designs. Make sure
this is spelled out in your contract , as to what direction the floor
will be laid.
Always request a sample prefinished or unfinished (including final
finish type). Every manufacturer has their specific trademark color.
Today the naturals (oak and maple) are the most popular. Remember,
there will always be some color variation between boards, as each
piece may very well be from a different tree.