Nothing adds style and value to your home like hardwood flooring. Natural hardwood flooring is hypoallergenic, durable, and last for decades. Engineered hardwood is especially essential in Colorado’s native climate. If you think hardwood flooring is the perfect addition to your home, visit McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home in Boulder, Colorado. We’re your local hardwood floor store and you’ll find a broad selection of products when you shop with us.
There are unusual species of hardwood flooring to choose from. There are variations between each, for instance, have a straighter grain pattern than others. You’ll also find different hardwood colors and hardness levels, as well as moisture tolerance. Among the popular domestic and exotic hardwood species are:
Beyond the species, hardwood flooring companies style their collections in diverse ways. For instance, you’ll find rustic dark wood colors with weathered textures that have been hand-scraped into the wood. You’ll also see different gloss levels and stain colors, along with unfinished and prefinished hardwood options. Customers are interested in extra wide planks thanks to the popularity of farm style floors. Others like a multi-color wood floor look.
If you have your heart set on hardwood floors, the next big decision to make is whether you need solid or engineered planks. What exactly is the difference between these two types of hardwood?
Solid hardwood floors are the traditional form of hardwood flooring. Each plank is ¾ inch thick and built from a single piece of premium hardwood. Your solid hardwood floor can be refinished multiple times to last for decades. The drawback to solid wood is that it can be susceptible to warping from humidity and moisture. We recommend installing solid hardwood floors in dry, above-grade rooms.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made from three to seven layers that are laminated together. These layers are pressed t in a cross-grain direction to counteract wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract. Engineered hardwood flooring is more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. Given its extra stability, engineered hardwood flooring is suitable for any level of your home, including the basement. It can manage more humid climates and light-moisture areas like kitchens, hallways, and foyers. You can’t always refinish your engineered wood floor the way you can with solid hardwood, depending on how thick the top hardwood layer is. However, higher quality engineered planks have a thicker hardwood veneer and can be refinished as often as solid planks.
Before planning your hardwood installation, it’s critical to choose carefully. While solid hardwood flooring is only recommended for dry, above-grade rooms, engineered wood can be installed in basements and light-moisture areas like kitchens and entryways. Since wood is hypoallergenic, we recommend it for bedrooms, living rooms, and other areas where family members spend time. We also have waterproof hardwood flooring, which is 100% moisture-protected and ideal for bathroom and kitchen spaces.
Our quality selection of hardwood flooring is backed by our installation services. Our professionals will sit down and prepare you for your upcoming installation. You can come to us for help with your next flooring project from start to finish. Hardwood flooring is very tricky to install without experience, which is why we always recommend hiring professional installers.
Our professional installation services include a free in-home measure and a moisture test. Moisture testing is essential to ensure your subfloors are ready for hardwood flooring. A damp subfloor can damage your hardwood over time if not rigorously evaluated. We’ll properly prepare your subfloor, ensuring it’s flat, clean, dry, and free of imperfections. We’ll also ensure gaps remain between the planks and the walls to allow the hardwood to naturally expand, to balance a seamless surface.
We’re happy to be your local source for natural wood flooring and hardwood installation. We offer many of the best hardwood flooring brands on the market. Thanks to our membership in the Carpet One cooperative, you’ll always find great hardwood bargains when you shop with us. Contact us today to learn more. We proudly service Boulder County and Northern Colorado.
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