Hardwood Basics

Discover Hardwood Flooring

Rich, natural hardwood floors have long been prized for their looks and durability. Hardwood is long-lasting and easily refinished if damaged. It withstands stains and spills and doesn’t hold onto dirt, making it safe for families and easy to clean.

Hardwood floors increase the value of a home in a way that other types of flooring simply can’t. Many people end up tearing out old carpet when they purchase a home, but hardwood floors are sought after.

Thanks to modern construction techniques, hardwood flooring is more affordable than ever.

Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

When we think of solid wood floors we generally are talking about a 3/4" thick plank that is 2 1/4" wide.

This is the classic strip wood floor, although it is possible to find a narrower width or a slightly thinner gage. The strips are generally in random lengths from 12" – 84".

The most common wood species used for solid strip floors are red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan.

The three common types of wood floors are Solid, Engineered and Longstrip Plank:

  • Solid Wood Floors: Solid planks are each made from a single piece of wood, which can be cut to various lengths. This type is ideal for rooms with constant temperature & humidity.
  • Engineered Wood Floors: Cross-ply construction from multiple pieces of wood helps engineered hardwood resist expansion and contraction from humidity, making it ideal for any climate.
  • Longstrip Wood Floors: Longstrip engineered wood consists of rows of thin strips spliced together into much longer and wider planks. This type works well in any room of your home.

Explore Various Hardwood Styles

Find the specific look to match your unique style and taste.

  • Traditional Flat: Show off the beautiful grain and pattern of your floors with a smooth, glossy finish.
  • Hand-Scraped: A rugged, handcrafted look that will stand up to wear and maintain its character.
  • Distressed: This type of wood features subtle character marks for a timeworn, natural look.
  • Wire-Brushed: Subtle texture and a smooth appearance characterize wire-brushed hardwood.

What are different flooring edge types?

There are six common edge styles. As you shop for hardwood flooring, be on the lookout for styles that have the edge shapes you prefer.

  • Square Edge: Square edge flooring gives rooms a traditional, upscale look. The seamless edge treatment resembles hardwood flooring that was finished on-site. Square edges also blend well with other flooring pieces and help direct focus to the overall look of the floor. This is also the easiest of the edge styles to maintain since dirt will not fall between the boards
  • Micro Edge: Hardwood flooring with a micro-edge has a more pronounced edge treatment than a square edge. This popular edge style “frames” the individual wood pieces emphasizing the texture of each plank while creating a more relaxed, casual style.
  • Beveled Edge: Beveled edge flooring has very distinct grooves that impart a casual, rustic appearance. Beveled edge flooring typically has a urethane finish that allows dirt to be easily swept or vacuumed out of the grooves. A floor with a beveled edge can also be more forgiving when installed over irregular subfloors or uneven plank heights.
  • Micro-Beveled Edge: Also known as eased edge flooring, micro-beveled edge flooring features a mini-bevel (about half the depth of a beveled edge), but with the same benefits of beveled edge flooring. Each board has a slightly beveled edge to help hide minor irregularities. Eased edge treatments look a bit less casual compared to flooring with a completely beveled treatment.
  • Scraped Edge: Scraped edges and ends have a bevel that emphasizes individual planks. The bevel has a matching scraped texture to coordinate with the rustic look of the scraped flooring.
  • Pillowed Edge: The bevel on pillowed edges and ends is more rounded. This look is most common on antiqued floors.

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If you think hardwood may be the flooring for you, visit our showroom to discover the beauty, versatility and durability of such a great floorcovering solution.

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