Hardwood Flooring Guide
A tradition that dates to the beginning of the modern world, hardwood flooring plays a storied role in architectural history, adding timeless beauty to our indoor living spaces. Trends may come and go, but the appeal of hardwood flooring is truly evergreen. Today’s homeowners have more hardwood flooring options than ever before, with new products regularly being unveiled to the masses.
Your hardwood flooring can represent an impressive investment in your home, so choosing one that will work seamlessly with your lifestyle and budget is of utmost concern. While hardwood flooring isn’t a wise choice for every space, there are plenty of choices now available that are appropriate for spaces that weren’t previously eligible for this appealing medium. Different hardwood species, finishes, and internal compositions are available to fit a full array of budgets, lifestyles, and decorative tastes. You can choose between finished hardwoods and unfinished hardwoods, as well as solid hardwoods and engineered hardwoods: all posing excellent potential solutions for today’s discerning homeowner.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
Those shopping for flooring today can expect to be presented with two major types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While you won’t likely be able to tell the difference between the two upon first glance, there’s much going on beneath the surface.
Solid hardwood is the most traditional option, and as its name implies, solid hardwood planks are fashioned using a single, solid piece of hardwood. Solid hardwood is coveted by architectural purists, as well as those who anticipate many décor changes in their future, since it can be refurbished time and time again. However, it’s not a feasible choice for moisture-prone spaces, or anything below grade. Engineered hardwood, a more recent contender to the market, is built in layers of hardwood. Since these layers increase stability and are often water resistant, this is a better bet for all those moist or humid areas. It can also be installed below grade, but since can only be refinished once or twice, it may not be the best option for those who can’t stick with one style.
Our Hardwood Flooring Collection
At Oshawa Carpet One Floor & Home, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive and eclectic collection of hardwood flooring: both engineered and solid. Visit our Oshawa showroom soon and let our dedicated experts help you decide which hardwood is right for you.
As part of Carpet One, the world’s largest cooperative of independently owned flooring stores, we carry some top-quality brands you won’t find anywhere else, including Armstrong, Nature’s Walk, Hanover Hills, Rustic River, Mannington, and Kentwood.
Learn More About Hardwood
With so many varieties of hardwood flooring to choose from, we know it can sometimes be hard to pick one. Here are some helpful hints to get you started.Learn How to Choose Hardwood