What type of hardwood is right for me?
We would like to replace our hardwood floors. They are not in good shape and they are not to our taste. Our preference is a wider board and a darker wood with nice dark grains. It seems all of the floors like this are "handscraped" which would be fine but I question their durability? I think I would prefer wide boards that are not handscraped - do they exist? I haven't seen them in showrooms (I've been shopping local flooring stores).
I have three young children who like to drag chairs, toys, etc everywhere and I do not want to invest in a new floor that is prone to dings, scratches, etc. Our previous home had a builder grade Bruce 2 1/4 inch oak floor with a dark cherry finish. They held up just fine, showing minimal marks/scratches/damage after 7 years but were not my ideal in terms of the overall aesthetic. But that's my only experience.
Knowing that these floors will see heavy traffic and hard use, what type of hardwood floor should I be looking for? Or avoiding?