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Facts about hardwood flooring

Everyone loves wood floors. It’s a well-known fact that potential home buyers seek out and often pay more for a home with hardwood flooring. Like anything popular, there are some misconceptions and myths about this flooring, so we’re presenting this guide to help sort it all out. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us at Good's Floor Store if you have further questions.

Solid vs.engineered: which one for you?

We’re all familiar with solid hardwood, which is as it sounds: one thickness throughout. If you're concerned about water issues or want to install them in below-grade house levels, such as the basement, you may want to consider another version: engineered wood flooring. This is taking a major share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to people who wish to both beauty and practicality.

At the top is a slice of genuine species with undertones, knots, grains, and swirls. Underneath are three or more layers of genuine wood. A little resin is added to the layers, and then they’re placed crosswise to give the floor more stability. There’s no expansion-contraction issue with adjusting to humidity, so no acclimation is needed.

Just like solid, it adds property value and can be sanded and refinished. Engineered floors can also be installed as a floating floor where they hover over the subfloor. It’s fast, uncomplicated, and subfloors only need to be clean, dry, and level. Since there are no moisture issues with this wood, it’s fine to install it over concrete.

Wood floor facts to keep in mind:

  • Thickness matters for both solid and engineered. It determines how often a floor can be sanded. Ideal for solid is ¾-inch and can be sanded up to six times. Engineered ranges from ⅝-inch to ½-inch and it can be sanded up for five times.
  • Species come in literally hundreds of domestic and exotic choices. Right now, the most popular ones are hickory, oak, maple, walnut, and cherry, but you're certainly not limited to them. Hickory is the hardest domestic, while all exotics are harder still. Exotics, which are harvested outside NA, are also darker and more dramatic.
  • Wider planks are currently trending. They’re more traditional and tend to display the knots and grains better. If you’re installing in a smaller room, you may want to consider a narrower plank. As for style, narrow planks are a little more contemporary-looking.

Shopping for flooring is stressful enough, so we always try to simplify it for you. If you live in or nearDecatur, IL, Springfield, IL, Bloomington, IL, Champaign, IL, Forsyth, IL, Clinton, IL,Maroa, IL, || Monticello, IL,come into the Good's Floor Store showroom in Decatur, IL. You’ll get knowledge, inspiration, friendly no-pressure service for all your hardwood flooring questions.