Note should be taken of the floors. Oak flooring wears better than pine. Maple is hard, but shrinks more readily than oak, and is more easily soiled. Oak, therefore, makes the most durable floor. Flooring 7/8 in. thick wears better than 3/8 in. flooring, although the latter is permissible, and gives good service in a non-fireproof house if properly laid. The difference between the two may be readily distinguished by the nails, the heads of which show when 3/8 in. flooring is used, whereas the 7/8 in. flooring is blind-nailed from the side, and the nail heads cannot be seen.

The cost of maintaining a parquet floor is greater than that of a plain floor.