Why choose hardwood?
Renowned for its natural beauty and durability, hardwood floors continue to be a stylish and tasteful choice for homes. With so many options available, it’s not hard to find something that will complement the design, style, or architecture of your home. From popular imports such as Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany, and Australian cypress to domestic species such as maple, pine, and oak (and many more), you’re sure to find a hardwood floor to match your taste.Shop Hardwood
Factors to consider when choosing hardwood flooring
Engineered vs. Solid
To start, let’s clear up the age-old myth about engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood is REAL wood. Engineered hardwood flooring is made by cross hatching layers of wood veneer. There are several benefits to an engineered hardwood floor, such as the stability created by cross hatching the layers, the preservation of exotic woods, and unique styles. Engineered Hardwood flooring is just like everything else, there are some that are not completely made of wood; however, most quality engineered woods are. Solid Hardwood flooring is a great option for someone whose home is not built on a concrete slab. There is just something special about a Solid Hardwood Floor; however, it can be very expensive and is usually limited in styles.
Staining, Finishing, & Cut Style
Hardwood flooring comes in a number of finished and cut styles that each offer a unique look and feel. Some of the more common finishes are hand-scraped, wire brushed, smooth, matte or glossy, and distressed. A very popular trend is the chatter marks and saw marks that give a rustic barnwood look. Engineered hardwood floors have the versatility of these different finishes and cut styles! Whether your style is traditional, modern, or rustic, there is an engineered hardwood floor for you!
While hardwood floors are naturally beautiful, stains and finishes can add a whole new dimension to their look. A stain can add color to the wood, highlight the grain pattern of the wood, and just enhance its overall aesthetic appeal. A finish adds another layer of protection, and can make your hardwood floor easier to maintain. Finishes can also affect the sheen of your floor or how much light reflects off of it.
Hardwood flooring installation takes careful preparation, precise measurements, and a steady hand. The most common style of installation is a direct glue. Depending on your wood, the other common installation styles are nail down, tongue and groove glue, and floating. Check with the manufacturer on what installation method they recommend and require for their warranty. Although it is rare, some hardwood flooring can be installed over radiant heat, but this is rarely done in warmer climates.
Types of Wood
Hardwood Floors come in many different species of wood. Each wood has its own set of unique characteristics that make it special. One of the most common qualities is the hardness rating, which is measured on the Janka Hardness Scale. The Janka Hardness Scale rates hardwoods on how physically hard they are. Species of wood can also determine the style, variation, and graining that appears in the wood.
Quick Facts About Hardwood Flooring
- Engineered Hardwood Flooring CAN be refinished
- Not all Engineered Hardwood Flooring require acclimation
- Engineered Hardwood Flooring is MORE stable than Solid Hardwood Flooring
- Hardwood Flooring will RAISE the value of your home over alternative flooring types
Your floors see foot traffic every day in addition to wear and tear from spills, dropped items, etc. The amount of daily wear and tear in your home is something to consider when selecting a hardwood floor. Different wood species have varying levels of durability, so if you’re looking for a hardwood floor that will stand up a lot of traffic or abuse, you should look for more durable wood species. If durability isn’t critical, then softer wood species may be just fine.