The richness and character of wood grain enhances just about all décor and every architectural style. Hardwood floors come in a wide range of species and color options—from popular domestic species like oak, walnut, and maple to the exotic looks of Brazilian cherry and tigerwood. Style considerations include wide plank sizes, various gloss levels, and unique finishes such as hand-scraped and distressed.
Lockwoods Carpets is the destination showroom for hardwood flooring in Puyallup and Pierce County, Washington. Stop by our location and find inspiration in the distinct beauty of genuine hardwood floors.
Hardwood flooring is a popular, long-lasting home flooring option. As the most renewable flooring material available, wood can also be an environmentally friendly choice. Today, hardwood flooring products are available in a wide variety of colors, grains, and species, and options span various price points.
Before you buy, there are a few things to know about hardwood that will help you make more informed choices. When purchasing hardwood, you can buy factory-finished wood flooring or unfinished flooring. With factory-finished products, the manufacturer applies finish before the product is sold. Unfinished flooring must be sanded and finished by your installer once the floor is in place. In addition, it is important to understand that there are different types of wood flooring available. These types include solid wood flooring, engineered flooring, and longstrip flooring.
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
As the name implies, solid hardwood is cut from a single piece of wood. Thickness and width can vary, and surface treatments may affect the finished look, but the board is still a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. Solid hardwood flooring can be installed above or on grade, but it is not recommended for below grade.
Engineered and longstrip flooring are both manufactured by stacking thin layers of wood to create one wood plank.This versatile alternative gives you the option to install a genuine hardwood floor just about anywhere in your home, including areas where you’d never expect to find a wood floor. The secret is in engineered wood’s multi-ply construction that consists of a thick top layer of solid hardwood, an inner core of high density material, and a hardwood backing. This tiered construction gives engineered hardwood superior strength and stability, making it less likely to react to changes in temperatures and humidity. For homeowners, the benefit is a floor that can be installed in dampness-prone areas like finished basements.
Most solid and engineered hardwood floors come with a factory-applied finish that simplifies installation. Pre-finished hardwood floors typically have a longer manufacturer warranty and are generally longer lasting and more durable than site finished floors.
With each type of flooring, there are advantages and disadvantages. There are also implications for where flooring can be installed. We encourage you to speak with a flooring expert at our location.