All Hardwood Flooring is Not Created Equal

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When considering hardwood flooring for your home, all wood is definitely not created equal. People often think that the only difference in hardwood lies in whether it was derived from a pine or a spruce, an oak or a hemlock. There are many more things to consider, however, when weighing a hardwood choice, including the style, type, and grade of wood.

Here are some questions to ask yourself and things to consider before making your hardwood flooring choice:

  • Which style best suits my decorating tastes? – You are going to have to walk on and look at your hardwood floors every day for many years, so your decision about which style of wood is important. One style of hardwood flooring is parquet. Parquet is wood flooring that is a series of pieces that create some type of geometric design. Plank wood floors are linear in design and are usually wider than any other style. Plank widths normally run between 3 to 8 inches. Strip wood flooring is similar to plank in that it is in a linear pattern. Strip wood flooring is usually narrower, from 1.5 to 3 inches in width.
  • What species of wood will best suit my needs? – Oak is the most durable hardwood flooring option, but it is also the most expensive. Pine can give a more rustic and rugged look, and it is also very durable. Maple is another popular hardwood floor choice that offers a natural color. Be sure to research the wide variety of hardwood species and the benefits each offers.
  • Look at the different types of wood flooring – One type of hardwood flooring is acrylic impregnated. This involves injecting acrylics into the wood to create a very hard and durable finish. This type of flooring is prevalent in malls, restaurants and retail businesses. Engineered hardwood flooring consists of layers of wood being pressed together. It is popular in areas where hardwood would not be practical, like bathrooms, kitchens and others areas of your home that tend to be higher in moisture.
  • Hand scraped or distressed hardwood floors offer an antique look – If you want your floors to have the look and feel of a 150-year-old Victorian home, then hand scraped hardwood flooring might be the answer. Hand scraped floors offer the look of floors that have years of character, but they are actually brand new. These wood pieces are scraped by hand to get their aged look. Distressed hardwood floors are similar to hand scraped, but they are made to look antique by using a machine or wire brush.

Be sure to do your research and talk to flooring professionals so you know all of the variables that are involved in selecting the right hardwood floors for your home. The more you know, the easier your decision will be.

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This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that style is important because you'll be looking at and walking on your hardwood floors for years to come. My husband and I are going to be renovating our dining room, and we want to put in hardwood flooring, but I haven't decided what style yet. I'll definitely consider carefully my options before I make a decision because whatever I choose will be stuck with me for years. Thanks for the great post!
October 6 2016
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December 15 2011
Hardwood Flooring Specialist
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March 13 2011
Hardwood Flooring Specialist
All Hardwood flooring Contractors are created equal. Call Tri-Point Flooring for all of your Hardwood Flooring needs. We Specialize in Hardwood Floors. Some of our Services include: Hardwood Floor Install Hardwood Floor Sanding & Refinishing Hardwood Floor Maintenance (Buff & Coat) Hardwood Floor Repair Turn Key Hardwood Floor Packages Ask about our TWO YEAR WARRANTY. br/ Visit our Website: www.tripointflooring.com br/ Call Today! (919) 771-7542. Free Estimates.
March 13 2011
Hardwood Flooring Specialist
All Hardwood flooring Contractors are created equal. Call Tri-Point Flooring for all of your Hardwood Flooring needs. We Specialize in Hardwood Floors. Some of our Services include: Hardwood Floor Install Hardwood Floor Sanding & Refinishing Hardwood Floor Maintenance (Buff & Coat) Hardwood Floor Repair Turn Key Hardwood Floor Packages Ask about our TWO YEAR WARRANTY.
March 13 2011
I would like to know how to clean my engineered hardwood floors which I had installed at the first of the year. Someone told me to mop with white vinigar and water. this sounds a little harsh to me. Can I mop these floors?
July 8 2009
Mixing Hardwood Floors for a cool effect!
I just installed Pine in my home, we live in the mountains and I thought that this specific species of wood would suit the decor I have going on. I also installed a White Oak flooring as well in some rooms. It sounds like a weird mix to have such a rugged, rustic hardwood mix with a soft almost cloud-like hardwood floor but if you're looking for a traditional, authentic, good ole' feelin home with a contemporary edge to it install these two types of hardwood floors together! The plus is also the fact that you can mix and match a lot of different wall colors to set the perfect mood! I liked the article because its true not all hardwood floor types are created equal-I got a lot of puzzled looks when I told installers what I was doing. Its different yes-but not crazy!
April 14 2009
woman
Thank you for your wonderful site. It is informative and easy to understand. We older people often need simple. Bless you Alice Ann
February 8 2009
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