Hardwood Flooring Guide
A beacon of enduring beauty, the appeal of hardwood flooring is truly eternal. Going beyond the industry’s fleeting trends; hardwood has adorned homes for centuries and remains popular in current times.
Although undeniably appealing, natural hardwood doesn’t make sense in every space or situation. As many of us know, hardwood flooring tends to be pricey. It also isn’t waterproof- making it poor choice for a finished basement. However, if you do your research in advance, and plan your next project carefully, you will have a floor that you and your family will enjoy for decades to come. Our team of experts is always delighted to help you explore the best choices: a hardwood that’s a good fit for your budget and space.
Did you know hardwood comes in a variety of styles? There is modern and traditional hardwood flooring, as well as rustic hardwood flooring options that enhance the natural character of wood. The different styles of hardwood are characterized by features such as plank length and width, wood grains, color, shine, and even texture.
You can choose from hardwood options that match your home décor, or you can choose a more trendy option that is the focal point of your space.
What are the Different Types of Hardwood?
Just like there are different styles of hardwood, there are also different types of hardwood. The different hardwood options include different species such as maple, cherry, oak, and birch, among others. Each wood option offers unique shades and character, and they also feature different strength levels and wear resistance.
For more exotic looks, we also offer cork and bamboo flooring. Both are sustainable and eco-friendly flooring options.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
While hardwood floors once were a “one size fits all,” such an approach would hardly be appropriate in modern times. Fortunately the evolution of hardwood has expanded with the times, and today, there are two major types of hardwood flooring to choose from: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.
With solid hardwood flooring, which is the more traditional of the two, each plank is made from a single piece of wood. Solid hardwood is the type of flooring one typically encounters inside historical colonial homes. It’s a very appealing option for many as it can be refinished an almost infinite number of times. The downside is that solid hardwood tends to be expensive and it cannot be installed below grade.
Offering a more modern alternative, engineered hardwood looks and feels a lot like its’ solid cousin, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Engineered hardwood, though also made entirely of wood, is constructed in layers. The end result is a much denser, more water-resistant alternative. Because of this, engineered hardwood can be installed below grade - even in finished basements!
Where can Hardwood be Installed?
Hardwood flooring is a highly sought-after flooring option, but it isn't the best option for all settings. In fact, hardwood, even engineered hardwood, isn't suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with moisture. At the same time, we don't recommend choosing hardwood for high traffic areas like commercial settings. When properly installed and maintained, hardwood is a great option for spaces in your home such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. More durable hardwood options can be installed in hallways and on stairs, and in some cases in finished basements.
Our Hardwood Flooring Selection
At Allwein Carpet One Floor & Home, we’re pretty well obsessed with the bold beauty of natural hardwood flooring.
Our flooring inventory is constantly expanding- we currently offer up hundreds and hundreds of hardwood options. As a proud member of Carpet One Floor & Home, the world’s largest flooring cooperative, we’re able to stay true to our locally-owned-and-operated roots, while still offering you top quality, exclusive brands you won’t find elsewhere: including Rustic River, Mirage, Armstrong, Shaw, and Milliken.
Stop by our Annville showroom today, and experience the hardwood difference. Don’t have time to shop in person? We’ll happily come to you: click HERE to schedule your free, onsite estimate today.
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