All About Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring has been around for hundreds of years due to its style and natural longevity. Hardwood flooring has a reputation to uphold, to look always look naturally beautiful and to add luxurious value to a home. At Hanover Carpet One, in Tampa, FL., we carry only the best brands and quality products available to us. What that means for our customers is you have a large variety of options to choose from.
Hardwood flooring is an investment for your home, so you want to make sure you not only choose the right kind of hardwood floor, but that you also take into account if hardwood is right for your home. Despite hardwood being a naturally durable surface, it has its limitations. Wood is a naturally porous material, so hardwood flooring is not a water proof option and is not the best choice for a kitchen or bathroom. Hardwood floors preform best in areas such as living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways where you can show them off to guests.
Hardwood Flooring Types of Wood
Just like any other flooring, hardwood comes in a variety of options. Choose from different species, finishes, and compositions that best suit you and your lifestyle. Oak, Maple, and Hickory are among the most popular species in hardwood flooring for their durability and naturally beautiful color. You have the ability to choose from finished and unfinished hardwood floors, which means you can either have the installer apply a finish in your home or purchase the floor pre-finished. Another important choice is if you want solid or engineered hardwood.
Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
Solid hardwood just as its name describes, one solid piece of wood from top to bottom. Thickness typically varies, but on average you can choose from ¾” or 5/16”. Solid hardwood preforms best when installed above or on grade, and can even be sanded and refinished multiple times during its lifetime. Engineered hardwood floors are made of multiple real wood veneers whose grains run in different directions in order to increase stability. This allows the floors to resist expanding and contracting during weather changes. One drawback is that these floors can only be refinished once or twice. They best perform installed in above, on and below grade so you can enjoy them on every level of your home!
Top Hardwood Brands
Now that you know the basics of hardwood, be sure to visit our showroom (insert location) and meet one of our flooring experts to help you choose the right hardwood flooring for your home! Explore two of our most popular brands below.
Baroque floors are known for their beauty, durability, as well as being responsibly sourced. Set at an affordable price point, Baroque floors comes in a wide variety from exotic to traditional.Learn About Baroque Hardwood
Hanover Hills is a product that is diversely unique across regions. It expresses character in any room and comes in a variety of styles to fit your needs.