Hardwood Flooring Guide
The appeal of hardwood flooring is timeless and enduring: truly outliving fluctuating trends. Having graced countless residences and public gathering spots for centuries, natural hardwood is made to last, just as Mother Nature intended. Considered one of the most desirable flooring mediums for modern times, hardwood is the epitome of eclectic luxury.
The decision to incorporate hardwood into your home should never be made hastily, however. Hardwood flooring is a considerable investment: one that, if installed correctly, can add significant value to your property. It pays to do your research well in advance: most types of hardwood are ill-equipped for wetter climates, and some types cannot be installed below grade. Our experts can help you explore the best flooring choices for your space, based on your needs and budget.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
Once upon a time, hardwood flooring was “one size fits all"- an approach that won’t really cut it in modern times. However, hardwood flooring has evolved consistently with the times, and today there are two major categories to choose from: engineered hardwood and solid hardwood.
Solid hardwood is the traditional option, being a precise replica of what you’d find in historic homes. Each plank is made from a solid wood piece. Solid flooring can be refinished over and over again, and if properly care for, will last infinitely. The caveats are that this type of flooring tends to get pricey, and it cannot be installed below grade.
Engineered hardwood is a more modernized option, and has a very similar look and feel to solid hardwood. The major difference is that this flooring is built in layers, for a denser and more water-resistant outcome that works well below grade.
Where Can Hardwood Be Installed?
Hardwood is a beautiful and popular flooring option, but is not well suited for every environment. The best places to install hardwood are in low traffic and low moisture areas such as bedrooms and living rooms.
Our Hardwood Flooring Selection
At Custom Floors Carpet One Floor & Home, we love helping our customers explore the ever-expanding world of natural hardwood flooring. With our Sarnia showroom brimming with the latest quality hardwood products, we carry hundreds of different flooring options. Did we mention we’re also a proud member of Carpet One, North America’s largest flooring cooperative? This allows us to retain our valued local connections, while also offering you some exclusive hardwood brands not available anywhere else: brands like Rustic River Hardwood, among many others.