Hardwood flooring has been one of the most popular and attractive flooring options on the market for decades. With it’s classic beauty and longterm durability, it’s not hard to understand why.
If you’re looking for hardwood flooring in Princeton, NJ, our team at Floor Coverings International has years of experience helping customers transform their homes and businesses with new flooring. We offer manufacturing direct pricing and a large variety of hardwood options. Our designers come to your home to show you all the options and help make your flooring decision easier, and answer any questions you have.
About Hardwood Flooring
There are two main types of hardwood flooring available: solid and engineered. Solid hardwood planks are constructed from a single source of natural hardwood. Most boards are at most 5″ wide and 3/4″ thick. Anything larger than this is often in danger of damage from moisture fluctuation. Solid hardwood boards can be cut into one of three styles — flat-sawn, quarter-sawn or rift-sawn. Keep in mind that solid hardwood floorboards should not be installed directly over concrete or in the basement, but they work well in a variety of other flooring situations.
Engineered wood flooring is a bit different than solid hardwood. It still contains real wood, but it is made of two or more different layers of wood adhered together to form a plank. The top layer, or lamella, is what you see on your hardwood floor, and is made from solid wood. The core layers, or substrate, provide the planks with stability. Often these layers are made from high density fiberboard or another lower cost, extremely durable material. Engineered hardwood flooring is not to be confused with laminate, vinyl and veneer floors. These floors are imitations of hardwood flooring, but engineered wood floors and solid hardwood flooring are both the real thing.
Benefits of Hardwood
Maintenance: Our Princeton, NJ customers love hardwood flooring because it’s easily to clean and maintain. Unlike carpet, it doesn’t stain easily if food, wine or dirt are spilled.
Value: Hardwood floors are also a great investment that will increase your home’s market value.
Allergens: If you worry about allergies, hardwood floors are a great option. They resist the build-up of pollen, dust and other air particles that can cause irritation.
Variety: There are tons of hardwood materials to choose from, whether you’re looking for a classic or modern look. You’re sure to find a style that works with your current space.
Choosing Your Hardwood
Hardwood comes in a range of colors ranging from blond to reddish to deep brown tones. Light woods like white oak make a room appear brighter. Deeper tones like cherry have a warmer, more vintage feel. In addition to choosing the color and grain, you will need to decide which species of wood is a smart choice for your home. Softer woods like pine may dent more easily. This can lead to a distressed look that some people find desirable, but others may want something more durable. Harder woods such as oak are more resilient, and are often better choices for people with active families and rooms that see a lot of traffic. The width of the planks you choose also affect the look of the your floor.
For the best hardwood flooring that Princeton, NJ has to offer, look no further than Floor Coverings International. Our flooring experts are ready to provide advice on the best type of hardwood flooring for Princeton, NJ homes, as well as expert installation. Contact us today to learn more!
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