Choosing hardwood flooring means choosing constant beauty, enduring value, and décor distinction. Hardwood flooring is always in high demand at Carpet One Floor & Home of Saint Augustine, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida. Our team works hard to provide the region’s most comprehensive hardwood flooring inventory, with options for all types of spaces.
Are you thinking of installing a new hardwood floor soon? Knowing your options is key to creating a space you’ll savor. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you shop for hardwood flooring products.
Right now, there are more ways to enjoy hardwood flooring than ever before. Styles range from traditional to trendy. There are hundreds of shades, finishes, and stains available, and in all different lengths and widths.
Hardwood flooring is found in a variety of different tree species. There are exotic hardwood options, like mahogany, and domestic species, such as maple and pine. There are several factors to consider when choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home. Perhaps the most crucial factor to bear in mind is that each tree species offers varying degrees of hardness. Choose your products carefully and per your room’s activity levels. We also offer unique hardwood flooring options, including cork and bamboo flooring.
Cork is harvested from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The unusually thick bark is made up of millions of tiny prism-like air pockets that create a resilient cushioned surface. Cork flooring today is created from the post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry. This leftover material is ground up and then formed into sheets using small amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure. Just like any wood floor, be sure to maintain a moderate temperature in your home, and prevent long-term exposure to moisture and sunlight. These floors are not well suited for kitchens or bathrooms.
Bamboo is an environmentally friendly option because it is renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable. It is not only a healthy alternative for the environment but also for your home because it helps to reduce airborne allergens. Bamboo is harder than some wood species and does not absorb moisture as easily, and the finish lasts longer. Bamboo flooring boasts a unique appearance that is complementary to many decors. Exotic and elegant, the beauty of bamboo will enhance your interior while remaining true to its natural origins.
If you’d like to learn more about our natural flooring options, stop by our showroom and speak with one of our flooring professionals about making your home more environmentally friendly.
Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood look almost exactly alike. Looks can be deceiving, however. Solid hardwood flooring is hardwood in its original form. Each plank is made using a single piece of solid wood. Solid hardwood floors are a traditionalist’s favorite, but they do have limitations. These floors cannot be installed below grade and are best reserved for quiet, climate-controlled spaces since they are moisture prone.
Engineered hardwood offers a more significant deal of flexibility. Made from up to seven layers of pressed wood, engineered hardwood is a much denser floor. It can be installed below grade and is significantly more affordable. Engineered products are also more compatible with humid climates, as they’re less likely to shrink or expand.
One of the first decisions you will have to make after deciding where you are installing wood floors in your home is if you will go with a prefinished or unfinished option. The majority of wood floors are prefinished, but the final decision will depend on the wood species, the conditions it will be exposed to, and your preference.
The biggest convenience of a prefinished product is that it is easier to install. On the other hand, the initial investment in the unfinished floor is less. Although unfinished floors cost less in the beginning, there is a finishing increase in labor costs that can make the installation a little more expensive in the long run.
If handled properly, hardwood flooring can last for generations, but a successful installation requires careful planning and installation. Hardwood should never be installed in a kitchen or bathroom unless you’re using one of our waterproof hardwood flooring options.
Heavy splashes and humidity can warp your planks over time. Engineered hardwood is a better choice for bustling spaces, or areas prone to occasional spills. You can also install engineered planks in finished basements, which is not recommended for solid hardwood.
As part of Carpet One Floor & Home, we’re an independently owned and operated member of the world’s largest flooring cooperative. Here, you’ll enjoy an incredible selection of the latest hardwood flooring products, localized services, and fair pricing. We also have exotic hard surface floors like bamboo and cork. These are both great eco-friendly flooring options. To learn more about our hardwood flooring selection, browse our hardwood flooring selection online or visit us today!
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