FIND THE RIGHT HARDWOOD
The most popular domestic wood species for hardwood flooring, Oak is known for having moderate to heavy graining with a range of color variations.
Maple hardwood flooring is generally pale and varies slightly in shade from board to board. Grain will range from uniformly straight lines to curly patterns.
Hickory is one of the hardest domestic wood species and is highly popular because of its natural color variation and unusual graining.
Exotic Wood Species offer the greatest color variation from board to board. They feature more distinctive grain patterns than traditional floors which make them perfect in any setting.
SOLID VS. ENGINEERED WOOD
Hardwood floors are milled from a solid piece of lumber that provide natural warmth, are resistant to wear, and can be sanded and refinished multiple times.
Solid wood may expand and contract with varying humidity levels and are susceptible to scratches and dents. Wood flooring is installed over wood subfloors, on or above ground level, and can’t be installed on concrete or slab floors.
Engineered wood uses a thin veneer of real wood over structural plywood for strength and stability. It provides a stable surface that doesn’t cup like solid wood can.
Most engineered wood can be carefully sanded and refinished. It can be installed on any level of the home, including basements, and over wood or concrete subfloors. It’s generally higher in cost than solid wood.