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Hardwood flooring – timeless beauty that’s hard to ignore

Hardwood floors are a timeless treasure. They can add beauty, character, and value to any room of the house. Traditionally, the living room and dining room were the areas of a home where you’d most often find hardwood floors. But as hardwood has become more available and versatile, and homeowners have become more creative about home improvements, hardwood floors are popping up in rooms all over the house where you’d usually find carpet. Carpet stains easily wears out and end up in a landfill at the end of its life, while hardwood flooring is timeless and versatile.

Hardwood Flooring is an Investment You Can Trust.

A quality hardwood floor isn’t just an esthetic investment; it also helps boost a home’s selling price. Wood flooring helps make our flooring clients’ a key point when remodeling. With so much to offer, hardwood flooring is a tough option to beat.

Hardwood Flooring types

Hardwood flooring comes in two main varieties: engineered and solid. However, we are going to add Bamboo and Cork to this section of Flooring.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring is the most common choice and best suited for higher-grade installations. It consists of one-piece boards that are generally nailed to a sub-floor. Most are unfinished, thereby allowing the customers, to apply a variety of colors and finishes. Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood floors are known for their beauty and durability, making them perfect for any room of the home and a much more attractive choice than carpet. Because solid hardwood can be re-sanded over and over, it can last for 100 years, much longer than any carpeted floor. Plus, solid hardwood is easy to clean and maintain, making it a good flooring choice for allergy sufferers.

Enjoyable Engineered

Engineered hardwood is comprised of two or more layers of wood that have been laminated together, the top is a veneer and the bottom a softer wood backing. Engineered hardwood floors are usually offered in glue-down or nail-down and hand scraped/antique options. Engineered hardwood flooring is produced by adhering a layer of real hardwood to a plywood backing. The top wood veneer comes pre-finished and the overall system gets glued to the subfloor or even concrete, making it better-suited for below-grade and basement installations.

Beautiful Bamboo

Bamboo floors are also excellent choices for high-moisture areas like the bathroom or basement. When shopping for bamboo floors, look for solid bamboo that has also been engineered, giving it a very high-stability rating in a natural product; thus, it doesn’t move a lot, which is important in high moisture areas like a bathroom. Many bamboo options are finished on both sides, sealing it from moisture.

Celebrate Cork

Cork is also a great choice for bathrooms and basements because it has a natural resistance to mold and deals well in high-moisture areas. Cork flooring combines the beauty of a natural material with the comfort of a cushioned surface.

Livable Laminate

If you want to install the look of hardwood flooring in high-traffic areas of your home like an indoor porch or a child’s playroom, laminate is an excellent choice because of its low-maintenance and durability. Plus, it is also nice for the homeowner on a budget as these floors mimic the look of hardwood at a lower price. More hardwood flooring information Janka hardwood flooring hardness scale.

What color will work with the decor?

A Darker stain looks great on wood floors but keeps in mind that they show more dirt and you are more likely to notice scratches.  If you have kids maybe a lighter to medium stain would be a better color to choose. Some darker colors make rooms look smaller, show traffic patterns quicker. Lighter or natural color can give an open, airy feeling, making the room appear larger.  Your floor should complement the fabrics, furnishings, and accessories already present in the space, as well as enhancing the unique personality of the room as a whole. The most popular color: red oak natural, maple natural running second, but with today’s eclectic decoration styles, anything goes.  There are many choices when selecting the right floor for the rooms in your home, as there are many species, colors and grain variations for you to consider.

Types of Wood

  • Red oak – Red oak is the most popular flooring option in the U.S. Reddish in color with a coarse grain, it’s a stiff and dense wood that resists wear, but not as well as white oak.
  • White oak – White oak is brown in color but can have a grayish cast. The grain is similar to red oak, with more burls and swirls. It is harder and more durable than red oak.
  • Birch – Birch can range in color from light yellow to dark brownish red. It’s softer than red oak but is still a strong wood.
  • Beech – Beech has a reddish brown color and a very consistent grain. It is quite durable and has excellent shock resistance.
  • Pine – Pine is a yellowish brown color and contains a lot of swirls and knots. It has a natural resistance to insects and is about as hard as red oak.
  • Cherry – Cherry wood is a light brown color. Because it’s a soft wood, cherry isn’t often used for a whole floor. Instead, it makes an excellent decorative or accent wood.
  • Douglas fir – Douglas fir is a yellowish tan color. This wood is about half as soft as red oak and can dent easily. It is only appropriate in certain flooring situations.

As you are deciding what variety of wood to use, you might want to consider the relative hardness of the wood. The table presented below shows a relative hardness rating for several different species of wood used in hardwood flooring. The relative hardness is based on the Janka Rating system, which measures the force required to drive a .444-inch steel ball into the wood so that half the diameter of the steel ball is embedded. The higher the number, the harder the species of wood. When choosing wood floor colors, you have to make sure that you select a color that goes with your decor, and that will still look good if your tastes change later on.


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