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The Carpet Guys Guide to Hardwood Flooring

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Derek Farnquist

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Installing hardwood floors in your home gives it an elegant and timeless look.

Loved by many homeowners, quality hardwood flooring has been highly desired for centuries. Modern or traditional, wood floors are always in demand.

Whether you choose solid hardwood flooring, which is wood throughout the entirety of the board, or engineered wood floors, made from wood composite veneers, consider your options wisely.

You should choose a color and style of hardwood you’ll love for years to come. Also, select a species of hardwood that best complements your home and lifestyle.

Type of Hardwoods and Color Options

The first concept you need to consider is the species of hardwood you are choosing.

Although there are many different types of hardwoods to select from, some of the most popular are:

  • Oak: Most common type of hardwood floors for residential installations. It is practical and less expensive than others. The nature of its grain hides scratches and dents better than most. Responds well to stain, allowing you to change the color when refinishing. Great for busy households with kids and pets.
  • Maple: Harder type of flooring than Oak, it is smoother on the surface and lighter in color. Modern and trendy; more of the traditional type of hardwood found in homes. It is more expensive than Oak.
  • Hickory: Similar to Oak in color and grain. This type of hardwood is “harder” and more expensive but great for busy households. Hickory does have a lot of color variations, even within one single board.

Once you have a species of hardwood flooring in mind, explore the different color options available. White or gray hardwoods are more popular nowadays, but many traditionalists tend to stick with the browns or cherry reds.

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Where to Install Hardwood Floors

Choosing to install hardwood flooring throughout your house requires some decision making. Typically, wood floors are found in formal living areas like:

  • Bedrooms
  • Living Rooms
  • Dining Rooms
  • Staircases

A lot of times, homeowners want the look of wood throughout the entire house. This poses an issue when it comes to areas that are humid or prone to excessive moisture.

Engineered wood floors respond better to moisture than solid hardwood flooring. There is nothing wrong with choosing to have both types installed in your home.

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Get Hardwood Floors Installed by The Carpet Guys!

There are many different types of hardwood species, colors, grains, and textures. If you love rustic, go for it! It has such a warm and inviting appeal. Always pick something you know you will enjoy today and the many years ahead.

At The Carpet Guys, our inventory is abundant with the best quality on the market! Our products are durable and exquisite, with the potential to last for 15-50+ years. Let us help you renovate your floors by adding warmth and elegance.

Get hardwood floors installed in your home by us! We can work with your budget, giving you what you want at a price you can afford.

Your guide to hardwood flooring begins with us. CALL TODAY!


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