Hardwood Flooring Guide
An eternal symbol of strength and opulence, natural hardwood flooring is truly a classic element – one that’s central to the heart of many historic and modern homes. Surpassing any fleeting décor trends, hardwood flooring has been popular for centuries and it certainly isn’t going away anytime soon.
While there are many, many reasons to love hardwood flooring, it isn’t the best choice for every situation or space. Hardwood floors are often costlier than other flooring choices, and they aren’t recommended in more humid climates. For these reasons, it pays to do some advance research.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
A century ago, hardwood flooring took an approach that was basically “one size fits all.” Utilizing available materials from local sources, homeowners’ floors would typically be a reflection of the surrounding environment.
Today, however, the hardwood flooring industry is as varied as the general population and technology has given us two major hardwood families: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.
Solid hardwood flooring planks are made from a single piece of wood. This is the flooring one typically encounters when visiting historic sites and homes. Sold hardwood remains popular because can be refinished an almost infinite number – the bad news is that it tends to be expensive and mustn’t be installed below grade.
Engineered hardwood is the modern-day version of hardwood flooring. Although it looks and feels a lot like its hardwood predecessor, this flooring is built in multiple wooden layers. Engineered hardwood is much denser than solid hardwood, and can be used below grade. It also tends to be cheaper.
Our Hardwood Flooring Selection
At Paradise Carpet One Floor & Home in Lawrence, we love sharing the bold beauty of natural hardwood flooring.
Constantly expanding, our flooring inventory currently includes hundreds and hundreds of hardwood options. As a proud member of Carpet One Floor & Home, the world’s largest flooring cooperative, we can stay true to our locally-owned-and-operated roots, while still offering you top quality, exclusive brands such as Rustic River. We also have hardwood from Armstrong and Shaw.
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