My husband and I recently bought a new home with dark grey carpet throughout. We scheduled one month overlap in mortgages so we can have someone come in to replace all flooring and paint before we move in (have a 6 month old and want to keep her away from the commotion and mess!)
I've only ever had laminate or carpet in previous homes but feel that this house warrants hardwood - but don't know where to start. I'm used to maintenance-free flooring so dont really like the thought of having to watch humidity levels for somid hardwood, but also concerned about off-gassing of engineered with the baby at home.
If we go with solid, are there any species that are "less maintenance" than others ie. more tolerable of humidity fluctuations, harder to scratch, etc? Worried about the cold Canadian winters!
For engineered, are there any brands/types we should stay away from? How can I ensure I find a product that will off-gas as little as possible?
Lastly.... Thoughts on doing the entire second level, bedrooms and hallway with hardwood? (i've only ever had carpet upstairs!) would you use the same flooring as on the main level?
Any insight is much appreciated!!