There are so many reasons to get hardwood floors. From the sheer beauty of the sweeping grains found in its natural patterns, to the earthy tones of darker woods like mahogany and cherry, or the lighter hues of pine and birch. Hardwood floors have an appeal unlike any other. They are also durable and can hold up to the traffic of everyday life for decades. Some hardwood floors have withstood the test of time for over a century. Just look in some of the most historic buildings in a community, and they will have hardwood floors that have been there since initial construction. Hardwood floors are a symbol of something greater than just aesthetics. Hardwood floors also bring warmth and glow to a room that just can’t be found in any other flooring material.
Hardwood flooring comes in two general types: Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is the type of flooring that you will find in the historic buildings in your community. It is made of individual planks cut from a piece of wood. Each plank is slightly different than the plank cut before it because of the patterns in the wood that were created by growth over the years. That is what makes solid hardwood so appealing.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a bit different. It is constructed by placing layers of wood in an overlapping pattern using resin to secure them, and then bonding the layers using pressure and steam, a process similar to that used in making plywood. Then, a thin layer of wood is placed over each piece to create a wear layer. The top layer is then stained and polished to any number of finishes from matte to high gloss piano finish. This flooring looks just as beautiful and is almost as durable as its solid hardwood cousin, but is more budget friendly.
At About Floors n’ More, we have the professional staff of consultants to help you choose the hardwood option that is right for your project. So stop in at our Jacksonville, FL, showroom and let us show you why we are your hardwood haven.