Hardwood Flooring Guide
Hardwood is one of the premium classic choices in flooring that’ll never go out of style. Its beautiful and timeless appeal can match any décor in any home. McLarens Carpet One Floor & Home is your local flooring expert and retailer. You can choose to make your hardwood floors the focal point or have them blend in with the rest of the room, either way beautiful floors make all the difference in your home.
New flooring, especially hardwood, should be considered an investment in your home. That is why we take special care in helping you choose the best hardwood floor for your home. When properly cared for, hardwood can last years in your home without ever going out of style. We make sure we stay on top of the latest trends and still carry classic styles so you have different options to choose from. Visit our Canby and Salem showrooms to see our entire collection of hardwood, and one of our flooring professionals can help you pick out your new hardwood floor.
Hardwood comes in a variety of styles to suit the needs of different homeowners. There is modern and traditional hardwood flooring, as well as rustic hardwood flooring options that emphasize the natural character of weather-worn wood. The different styles of hardwood are characterized by features such as plank length and width, wood grains, color, shine, and even texture.
Types of Wood
Hardwood not only comes in different styles but there are also different types of hardwood. The different hardwood options include maple, cherry, oak, and birch, among others. Each wood option offers unique shades and character, and they also feature different strength levels and wear resistance. We also offer unique types of hardwood like cork and bamboo, which give an exotic appeal.
Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
Solid hardwood features a simple construction and is one solid piece of wood. The thickness of the plank can vary, but on average you can choose from ¾” or 5/16” thick options. Solid hardwood performs best when installed above or on grade, and can even be sanded and refinished in order to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood planks are made of multiple real wood veneers that are layered with the grains running in different directions in order to increase stability. This allows the floors to resist expanding and contracting due to changes in humidity and moisture. They best perform installed above, on and below grade so you can enjoy them on every level of your home, and they can also be refinished.
Where can Hardwood be Installed?
Hardwood flooring is an incredibly popular and timeless flooring option, but it isn't the best choice for all settings. In fact, hardwood, even engineered hardwood, isn't suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with moisture. Hardwood is, however, appropriate for home settings such as bedrooms and living rooms. There are even hardwood options that can handle moderately trafficked areas like hallways and stairs, and some engineered options can be installed in finished basements. Learn more about where you can install hardwood in your home.
Our Hardwood Selection
Continue reading below to learn more about hardwood and visit our Carpet One Floor & Home showroom in Canby and Salem, OR and speak with a flooring expert about installing hardwood flooring in your home. Our featured exclusive hardwood brands include Rustic River™, Invincible™, and Voyager™.
We mentioned earlier about where you can install hardwood in your home. There is more to hardwood install though than where it can be placed. Follow the link below to learn more about hardwood installation.Learn About Hardwood Installation
What are the Different Types of Hardwood?
Not all hardwood flooring is the same. It can be made of different species, have different durability, and a different construction. Follow the link below to learn more about the different hardwood constructions including solid and engineered.Learn About Hardwood Types