Hardwood floors are one of the best things you can do for your home. Not only do they look beautiful, adding an element of elegance and class to any space, but they also increase the value of your home, since they are such a timeless investment. Read on to learn about hardwood flooring in Austin and the varieties that the experts at Austin’s Floor Store recommend.
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring, sometimes called natural wood flooring, consists of solid planks of domestic and exotic hardwoods. From top to bottom, the entire piece is solid wood. This means the flooring can be refinished many times over its lifespan. This makes it great for areas that you want to update over time. Solid wood is sensitive to moisture, so that is something to keep in mind when considering this type of flooring.
Engineered hardwood options consist of real wood veneers. Thinner sheets, or plies, of wood are stacked in a way that the grains run in different directions, making the planks more stable and resistant to shrinking, which is great when humidity and temperature fluctuate. The different sheets don’t necessarily have to be the same type of wood, so refinishing options can be more limited. This type of hardwood is excellent in areas of your home where it is harder to control the temperature and humidity levels.
Unfinished versus Factory-finished
Hardwood options for the home are many and varied. Some of the most common requests we see include Oak, Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Hickory. Wood planks generally come in two different states, unfinished and factory-finished. With unfinished options, the planks are sanded and finished during installation. This makes it easy to customize your finish or match it with existing wood in your home. Factory-finished options are sanded and finished at the manufacturer, so installation goes more quickly. The floors will be ready to walk on as soon as they are installed. Depending on your needs and preferences, either one can be a great option.