Our hardwood flooring are crafted from selections of American, exotic, and imported hardwoods that are durable enough to last a lifetime.
How to Buy Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood is a popular choice for flooring in many homes. It is a natural product that comes from trees, so it is environmentally friendly. It also adds value to your home if you ever sell it. There are different types of hardwood flooring and you can find the perfect one for your home.
The material gives a warm and inviting feeling to a room, and it is also durable. It can last for years if not decades with proper care. Hardwood flooring is a great choice for any home. However, it is not ideal for water-prone areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Such environments can cause the wood to warp and rot.
Hardwood flooring has been a traditional flooring material for centuries because of its natural strength, hardness, and beauty. Hardwood is a great option for flooring in common areas, living spaces, and walkways because it is highly resistant to surface damage and is relatively easy to maintain.
Solid hardwood planks are a time-honored tradition in the flooring industry. Authentic wood comprises the entire plank without artificial substitutions or additional layers. 100% genuine wood offers an uncompromised aesthetic that has been appreciated for centuries. If you want to give your home a personal touch, you will love the opportunity to choose a custom stain and finish. Many solid wood options can be sanded and refinished multiple times, providing you with even more options to choose your home’s look and style.
Engineered hardwood is a composite of layered materials that offer natural hardwood’s strength, durability, and beauty at a more affordable price. Because engineered hardwood is artificial, some features are designed to be superior to its natural counterpart! Engineered hardwood is manufactured by placing a layer of genuine wood on top of a core made from crossed layers of pressed plywood.
Hardwood flooring is generally offered in two options:
- solid wood
- engineered wood
Both have hundreds of options in a wide range of wood species. Because wood is a natural product, some species have a limited selection of colors or styles – so it may help to begin the search with a particular species in mind. Selecting a wood species is mainly based on two factors: the visual aesthetic and the type of room the flooring is installed in.
The characteristics of the wood will vary depending on the species, but breaking down the decision into simple binary options is a good start: Do I prefer…
- Dark or light shades?
- Lots of character + details or a more uniform texture?
Each wood species is different, and the strength and durability of the wood is no exception. A harder wood species like oak or hickory may be more appropriate for a high-traffic walkway, but a less hard species like birch or cherry may better match the aesthetics of a bedroom.
The top layer of solid hardwood and some thicker engineered hardwoods can be sanded down more than once to offer an opportunity to refinish/stain your floor.
Every flooring material has its advantages and disadvantages. Hardwood is no exception. Some people prefer it because of its environmental friendliness, while others like the look and feel of natural wood. It is also durable and can last for many years with proper care.
Pros of Hardwood Flooring
- Adds value to your home: Many homebuyers consider homes with hardwood flooring. If you ever decide to sell your home, you can expect a higher price than if it had another type of flooring.
- Environmentally friendly: Hardwood is a natural product that comes from trees. It is therefore environmentally friendly.
- Durable: With proper care, hardwood flooring can last for years, if not decades.
- Warm and inviting: The material gives a warm and inviting feeling to a room.
Cons of hardwood flooring
- Not ideal for water-prone areas: Kitchens and bathrooms can be water-prone areas, and hardwood flooring is unsuitable for these environments. It can warp and rot if it gets wet often.
- Cost: The cost of hardwood flooring is considerable compared to other materials. However, it is a long-lasting investment.
- Difficult to install: Unless you are handy, you may want to hire a professional to install your hardwood flooring. It can be difficult for the average person to do it themselves.
- Refinishing cost: The cost of refinishing hardwood flooring can be expensive, depending on the size of your home and the type of wood you choose.
Water resistant flooring options are available
Custom staining and finish options available for solid wood
Strong and tough flooring material that won’t easily bend or break
America’s favorite hardwood flooring brands are available to see in our catalog! Mohawk Flooring, Bruce Hardwoods, US Floors and more!
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Hardwood Flooring Installation & Maintenance
While the prospect of laying hardwood may seem like a simple task, the other parts of the installation process like removing the old flooring, checking the subfloor for damage, or cutting the new hardwood flooring planks to size can be daunting without the proper knowledge and tools.
- Remove baseboards and other edge decorations
- Remove & dispose of old flooring
- Check subfloor for damage, repair if necessary
- Install new hardwood flooring, cutting each plank to size if necessary
- Reinstall baseboards
Hardwood flooring is easy to keep clean.
Cleaning your floors should be a part of your daily maintenance routine. Consistent dusting will significantly reduce the chance of dirt and grime becoming lodged in your hardwood floors.
Vacuum or Mop Weekly
Like sweeping takes care of the dust, vacuuming and mopping will ensure that foreign particles don’t embed in your floor.
Wipe Spills Promptly
Properly treated hardwood floors will have a non-porous surface finish, so as long as liquids are wiped up quickly, there should be no problem with stain damage.
The cost of hardwood flooring varies depending on the type you choose. Engineered hardwood is usually less expensive than solid hardwood. You can also find discount prices if you shop at the right time of year. Some stores offer installation services, while others do not. Be sure to ask about this before you purchase your flooring.
The cost of refinishing hardwood flooring also varies, depending on the size of your home and the type of wood you choose. You can expect to pay anywhere from $.50 to $.75 per square foot for refinishing services.