Hardwood flooring is known for its natural beauty as well as durability. It is associated with luxury and value because of its rich color and elegance. And here at Columbia Rug Carpet One Floor & Home, our flooring professionals can help you make an educated purchase. We have access to the latest industry news and exclusive waterproof and pet-friendly hardwood brands to fit your lifestyle.
Are you considering hardwoods for your space? Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your new floors.
We know that hardwood is an investment, so we make sure that you get the greatest quality and value from us. Our exclusive collection, Invincible Hardwood™, is considered to be one of the most durable hard surface floors available. Homeowners in the Peoria area have chosen Invincible Hardwood because of its 50-year guarantee and state-of-the-art finish.
While most wood products can benefit from humidity, there is a specific range of humidity for hardwood floors. The relative humidity of a house with hardwood floors should range from 35% to 60%. During the winter, the air in your home can be dry, leading to gapping between your floorboards as the planks shrink. In humid months, swelling can cause your hardwood planks to buckle and cup.
When it comes to selecting hardwood floors, there are a variety of choices to compare. Different species of hardwood differ in strength and color, so if you need a floor to stand up to heavy foot traffic or children and pets, choose a more solid type of hardwood. You can even choose between unfinished and finished hardwood for a customized look. The biggest decision with hardwood is choosing between engineered and solid hardwood, both of which have beneficial characteristics such as refinishing.
Solid wood floors are the original hardwood option. They have a simple construction in which each plank is made from a single solid piece of premium wood. This includes maple, mahogany, hickory, birch, and oak, among others.
If you are dealing with a space with a lot of foot traffic or are concerned about humidity warping your solid wood floors, consider engineered planks. Engineered hardwood is made by laminating together 3 to 7 layers of composite wood. The top layer is a real wood veneer, which is why solid and engineered floors look identical from the surface. The sublayers are pressed together in a cross-grain direction.
Engineered planks can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.
Solid wood is best for homes that see moderate foot traffic.
We are more than your locally-owned flooring retailer. We are a member of one of the largest flooring cooperatives, which gives us an advantage over the big box flooring retailers. We carry name brands such as Mannington and Baroque, as well as our exclusive brands including Rustic River and Invincible Hardwood. That means you can find unique and distinctive products with us for a great price, thanks to our increased buying power as a co-op. We encourage you to browse our online hardwood selection or visit our showroom today!
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