Hardwood is an investment that will last you a lifetime and the natural look will compliment any home décor. Let us help you select from an array of color stains, wood types and grades.
For an active family lifestyle, laminate flooring is the flooring of choice. It has the appearance of hardwood and is scratch and dent resistant. Laminate flooring is easy to install and care for.
Solid Wood Flooring
- Wood is sorted and sold in different grades.
- Narrow boards, called strips, come in widths of 2 ¼ inches to 3 inches. The most common size is ¾ inch thick and 2 ¼ wide
- A variety of stains and finishes are available
- Wider boards, called planks, start at 3 inches wide
- Boards of different widths are often used together in plank flooring
- Planks wider than about 4 inches must be nailed or screwed through to prevent warpingWood plugs fill the holes
Engineered Wood Flooring
- Looks like solid wood from the top
- Made up of several layers
- Comes in Strips and planks
- Engineered strips width starts at 2 ½ inches
- Most boards are prefinished
- Exotic woods may be used for top layer
- These are cheaper than the same wood in solid flooring because only a thin layer is needed
- An engineered plank may be a single wide unit or be constructed of two or three strips laminated together into a wide board
- The second option results in a look similar to a strip floor, but installs more quickly
- Looks like a jigsaw puzzle
- Common sizes 9x9, 11x11, 12x12, and 19x19
Laminate flooring has become a popular choice of flooring for homeowners due to its ability to closely emulate today’s most popular hard surfaces, especially hardwood planks and tiles. Besides the great textures and designs, laminate flooring offers improved durability, easier maintenance and affordability compared to other types of hard surfaces floors. These floors are extremely resistant to wear, stains and sunlight fading. The beautifully rich textured finishes make these floors a great alternative for most areas in the home.
Having arrived from Europe over a decade ago, laminate flooring was inspired by countertop materials, only it’s at least 20 times stronger. With a high – pressure laminate surface it is virtually impossible for spills and scuffs to leave a mark. The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath and is highly resistant to cigarette burns and scratches from pets. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor. The surface is hygienic and is excellent for people suffering from allergies.
Specially engineered with layered construction, laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in the home, including over dry concrete slabs, wooden subfloors and many types of existing floor coverings. The low clearance space height means laminates are particularly suited for renovation and restoring old houses where floor thicknesses can be a problem.