With the numerous species, styles, and finishes, your hardwood flooring options are virtually limitless. At Floor Coverings International Triad, we know that it can be daunting to choose just one hardwood—we help families in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area with that decision every day. Read on for more information about how to narrow down your list of hardwoods and find the perfect one for your home.
The most important factor in choosing a hardwood is its species, or the tree it comes from. This greatly influences the aesthetics and durability of the wood. One of the most common hardwoods is red oak, which is prized for its beautiful red undertones and durability. Cherry is a gorgeous hardwood with a deep maroon hue, but is a soft wood, which makes it a poor choice for large families and pet owners. A hardwood’s species also affects the grain lines of the wood. White oak, for example, has straight and subtle grain lines with subdued swirls, whereas pine has a very dark and distinct grain.
Solid vs. Engineered
The next big choice you have to make is between solid and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is what it sounds like: solid blocks of wood. Engineered hardwood is made up of layers of wood with a hardwood veneer. Solid hardwood lasts longer and can be refinished more often than engineered, however, engineered hardwood is easier to install and can be placed on any surface and in basements.
Plank vs. Strip
Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of widths, from two and one-quarter-inch strip hardwood to six-inch wide plank hardwood. Traditionally, three inches (or two and one quarter) has been the standard width for hardwood. Plank hardwood has been experiencing a surge in popularity, however, and is making its way into more Greensboro homes. Wider floorboards can give your home an open and airy feeling. White oak plank hardwood floors are very popular for families trying to achieve a modern aesthetic.
For more information about hardwood flooring, your local Greensboro flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad are at your service! Call today for your free, in-home consultation.
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