Wood flooring is a healthy choice of flooring because it doesn’t trap allergens such as dust, pollen, particles, and animal dander, therefore increasing the indoor air quality. Although hardwood floors can get scraped, scratched, scuffed and dented; their natural beauty can be retained by simply sanding, smoothing and refinishing. This quality makes them a top choice that will have them lasting for years.
There are many wood options to choose from including: oak, mahogany, lyptus, ash, hickory, pine, cherry, walnut, rosewood, maple, and bamboo. They can vary depending on the grain pattern, durability, ease of install, texture, fragrance, and natural color variation.
Why Choose Wood Flooring?
- Low maintenance and easy to keep clean.
- Versatile with nearly any décor.
- Add an elegance to any space and make spaces appear larger.
- Long lasting and timeless style.
- Better indoor air quality.
- Increased acoustics in a residential or commercial setting.
- Strength and durability.
- Variety of looks- many colors, styles, stains, and species available.
Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood floors are just that — they are a homogeneous product from top to bottom and side to side. They can be sanded and refinished numerous times, unlike engineered hardwood that can only be sanded once or twice.
Engineered hardwood is made of a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer affixed to the top surface, acting as a "wear layer". It is generally easier to install and less expensive than solid hardwood.
Both have the natural beauty of wood and hold an excellent resale value. The determining factors are flooring needs and initial cost when it comes to choosing the best material for your project.