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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!

Hardwood Flooring Guide

Top Hardwood Brands

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How to Choose the Best Hardwood

Choosing the best hardwood for your home can be made easy. Just assess the needs of your home and find a hardwood floor that is functional and stylish.

Choosing Hardwood

Best Type of Wood for Hardwood Floors

Choosing between solid and engineered hardwood can be tricky. We have the expert advice to walk you through your decision

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