Why choose hardwood flooring? What are some benefits to having a hardwood floor installed? What are some of the drawbacks, and is it worth it?

Personally, nothing can beat the look of an authentic oak floor, and because of the elegance that a nice floor can bring about it is truly a timeless feature. With modern techniques we are capable of some amazing things regarding hardwood. First, lets look at the different types of Hardwood you can install.

Hardwood Floor Finishes
Different Finishes can really change the look of Hardwood.

Solid Hardwood

As you might have guessed, solid hardwood floors are made of solid wood. One board of solid hardwood is made from a single piece of wood. A solid hardwood board is typically about ¾ of an inch thick, but it can be sanded and refinished as often as needed. A solid hardwood floor is rigidly affixed to a subfloor made of plywood or a similar material.

While solid hardwood has a gorgeous and unique appearance, there are some drawbacks to creating a floor out of solid hardwood. Because all the boards are made from single pieces of hardwood, the boards will expand and contract based on the temperature and humidity. Because of this, solid hardwood floors should not be installed in certain areas of the house, such as the basement or kitchen. Installers will need to leave a gap where the floor and wall meet to accommodate for expansion and contraction.

Engineered Hardwood

One board of engineered hardwood is made from several pieces of wood, typically three to five, which are bonded together into layers. The top layer of the engineered hardwood is usually hardwood with cheaper layers of plywood or other types of wood underneath. Engineered hardwood is cheaper and easier to install than solid hardwood.

Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood will not expand and contract due to variations in temperature and humidity. That means it is safe to install in almost all areas of the house. The major drawback of engineered wood is that it may not be as attractive as solid hardwood. However, it tends to be more functional and cost-effective.

Engineered Vs. Solid Hardwood

Species of Hardwood and Finishes

Most hardwood these days comes factory finished, but for those out there that prefer a classicly done site finished floor. Having your floor finished on site allows for a much more modifiable experience, and a lot more attention to detail is undertaken. We are able to alter the entire look of the floor through this process in a much more precise way, and the hand finishing really adds a unique touch that is hard to match at a factory.

Oak Floors with a Dark Walnut Finish. Gorgeous!

We have been installing high end wood flooring along with pretty much any other medium of flooring you can think of for years. We take pride in our ability to deliver an incredibly long lasting and beautiful floor to every client we have the good fortune of working alongside. Moving along, two more important factors in choosing your floor type come into play. Finish and Species. There are many different types of wood to choose from. Our most common installations usually consist of Oak, Cherry, Maple, or Walnut. There are also choices like Teak, Bamboo, and Ash that can really make a home stand out.

Bamboo floors are just mesmerizing!

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Hopefully you have been able to draw some good tips from this post, or at least found some inspiration for your new floors! We are happy to answer any questions you may have here! Have a great day, and enjoy the summer sunshine!