Hardwood Flooring Guide
For hundreds of years, hardwood flooring has brought the beauty of the forest into our indoor living spaces, adding strength and beauty. While décor trends have changed with the times, the lure of hardwood still beckons. These days, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before, and new products are frequently being introduced to the market.
Since hardwood flooring can represent a significant investment, choosing the right one for your space isn’t a decision that should be made in haste. Simply put, hardwood floors aren’t necessarily the best option for every home, but that being said, there are definitely more options for would-be hardwood enthusiasts. Different wood species, finishes, and compositions are available to fit a full array of budgets, lifestyles, and tastes. There are finished hardwoods and unfinished hardwoods, as well as solid hardwoods and engineered hardwoods. All can present excellent options for today’s modern homeowners.
What You Might Want to Think About When Buying Hardwood Floors
Congratulations, you have made the decision to install hardwood floors. Carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, and all other various types of flooring were considered, but in the end hardwood was the best choice for your needs. The decision-making process does not end there though; there are still factors to consider when selecting your hardwood flooring. These factors will influence your floor’s appearance, function, and durability. Here are some things you will want to consider while selecting your hardwood floor:
- Wood Type: The species of wood you select will affect your floor’s natural colour, grain pattern, hardness, and the amount of expansion/contraction the wood will undergo as it is exposed to temperature and moisture changes.
- Wood Finish: Do you want to stain your floor to dramatically change the colour of the planks? Do you want to make the grain “pop” with a natural finish? Do you want the natural look of the wood to change at all? One species of wood can take on many appearances, so think about what kind of finish you would like for your room.
- Board Width: A lot of people don’t think about this, but you can select the plank width of your flooring. Wide 5 inch planks can be selected for a more traditional, old fashioned feel, or thinner 2 inch boards can be selected for a more contemporary look. Edges of the boards can also be beveled to leave a groove between each board, or made square so that each board lies flush with each other for a smooth, flat surface.
- Board Texture: Do you want your floorboards to be smooth and flat, or would you prefer a textured look? You can have either option, with some higher-end planks even having a hand-scraped texture, just like the olden days.
- Solid or Engineered Hardwood: Unsure about what types of hardwood floors best suits your home? Come by our showroom at 454 Veterans Drive, Unit 18, Barrie, ON to speak with our talented staff.
Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
Today’s shoppers are generally presented with two major types of hardwood flooring to choose: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Although it’s difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to tell the difference between the two upon first glance, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface.
Solid hardwood is the more traditional option of the two. Like its name suggests, solid hardwood is fashioned from a single, solid piece of hardwood. Solid hardwood is prized for its authenticity, as well as its flexibility. It can be sanded and refinished over and over again, however it’s not a good choice for spaces that are below grade. Engineered hardwood, a newer contender on the market, is made using layers of hardwood. Since it’s often made with a water resistant core, this is a better bet for humid areas. It can also be installed below grade and is generally less expensive than its solid counterpart. However, since it can only be refinished once or twice, it may not be the best option for style chameleons!
Our Hardwood Selection
Our Carpet One experts are here to help with anything you may need. For starters, check out our advice about hardwood flooring, where to put it in your home and what to consider! Be sure to visit Irvine Carpet One Floor & Home in Barrie to learn more.
As part of Carpet One Floor & Home, the world’s largest cooperative of independently owned flooring stores, we carry some top-quality brands you won’t find anywhere else, including Armstrong, Mirage, and Nature’s Walk.
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