Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to your home but it is important to understand what type of hardwood floor you should install. There are two main types of hardwood floors that we install and these are either engineered or solid hardwood floors. As you probably know the main purpose of hardwood floors is to be not only beautiful but also able to take the wear and tear of everyday living. Depending on which type of hardwood floor you choose it can make a big difference on the amount of time that your hardwood floor lasts for.

Solid hardwood floors

Solid hardwood expands and contracts in reaction to the temperature and changes in moisture of the air around it. Because of this solid wood floors are often recommended for rooms that are either at ground level or above it. Many people prefer solid hardwood floors in their homes because it is more authentic and it can take a beating. However, it is not the only option.

Engineered hardwood floors

Engineered hardwood floors are designed to look like normal hardwood floors yet resist the normal expanding and contracting due to humidity and temperature fluctuations. This is because of the unique construction that engineered hardwood floor has. Each piece of engineered hardwood flooring is designed by putting together multiple layers of wood to create one floorboard. The top and bottom layer will be normal solid hardwood. In between this there will be cross layers of plywood which are pressed together to create a stable core. This layered effect is what protects the floor from changes in the weather.

There’s nothing that compares to the warmth a beautiful hardwood floor can bring to a space. With the increasingly-popular “open floor plan” being a highly coveted home design, hardwood flooring is taking center stage. Exotics such as teak and tigerwood give a room that “pop” while darker woods like Brazilian cherry and walnut add a depth and richness to a space. And of course there are the classic oaks and hand-scraped planks that give a more “lived-in” feel to a space.In today’s market, consumers are putting equal emphasis on both style and value. Manufacturers are meeting the demands, with price points and style options that fit every budget. Consumers will also find a range of options in engineered hardwoods and laminate flooring, both of which are less expensive than real wood but many times, equally as beautiful and durable.While we know that hardwood flooring will always be in style, design trends are fluid. Flooring professionals agree that there will always be a place for classic styles and colors, but many consumers are looking for a new twist on the timeless look of wood flooring.