Hardwood Flooring Guide
Are you seeking a floor that will outlive fleeting trends? Hardwood flooring will never go out of style. McLarens Carpet One Floor & Home in Canby OR is your local hardwood flooring store. New hardwood flooring is considered a major investment in your home. We’ll take exceptional care in helping you choose the best hardwood floor for your space. When properly cared for, hardwood flooring can last for decades
Hardwood comes in a range of styles to suit the needs of different homeowners. Options include:
All of these are distinguished by features such as:
Hardwood can be crafted using various tree species, including maple, cherry, oak, and birch, among others. Each wood option has unique shades and character, with varying strength levels and wear-resistance. We also offer unique types of hardwood like cork and bamboo, which lend exotic appeal and are eco-friendly.
What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Solid hardwood flooring has simple construction. Each plank is one solid piece of wood. The thickness varies, but on average you can choose from ¾” or 5/16” thick options. Solid hardwood flooring is more likely to expand and contract with changes in humidity and weather. It performs best when installed above or on-grade in dry, temperature-controlled rooms. Your solid flooring can be sanded and refinished repeatedly.
Engineered hardwood planks are made of multiple layers of composite wood that are laminated together. This allows the floors to resist expanding and contracting from 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 select options can be refinished.
It's important to remember that even engineered hardwood isn't always suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with high moisture. Choose hardwood flooring options that can manage moderately trafficked areas like hallways and stairs. Certain engineered options can be installed in finished basements.
Attention to indoor humidity is critical when hardwood flooring enters the picture. We encourage using careful climate control to reflect the region’s wet weather. Engineered hardwood is often the best choice.
A successful hardwood flooring installation project involves planning and precision. Oftentimes, such details are easily overlooked by the novice or DIY-installer. Since hardwood flooring can represent a significant financial investment, any installation should ideally begin with a careful space assessment, including a close examination of your existing subfloor. Accuracy is essential to ensure your floor planks are properly sized and placed. Even the tiniest subfloor imperfections can have lasting impact on your hardwood’s lifespan.
When you hire a professional installation expert, you also obtain sound peace of mind. We work with hardwood installation experts who are truly masters of their craft, with decades of collective expertise. A successful hardwood flooring installation means you will love your floor for years to come. Since manufacturers’ warranties tend to require a professional installation, you can rest easily knowing that in the rare event something does go wrong, you’ll be protected. Best of all, our amazing Beautiful Guarantee ensures that if you don’t absolutely LOVE your new hardwood flooring, it will be replaced at no additional charge to you.
We’re proud to provide flooring to Southwest Portland, OR. Our featured hardwood brands include Rustic River™, Hanover Hills™, and Raintree®. As a member of the Carpet One flooring cooperative, we are locally owned while enjoying superior buying power. Don’t see what you’re looking for? We’ll gladly custom order it for you! Learn more by shopping our hardwood flooring selection online now.
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