Solid Hardwood Flooring
Ever since we started we have strived to provide the best options in flooring. Hardwood floors are no exception to their exquisite beauty and elegance they provide.
A solid hardwood floor is an investment that not only raises the value of your home but is durable and will last many lifetimes.
What is Solid Hardwood Flooring?
It Is Solid hardwood and only hardwood, a homogeneous product from top to bottom and side to side.
Thickness Usually 3/4″.
Width 3.25″ is standard width. Plank width begins at 5″ and can go up to 11″ wide.
Wood Species Far more choices of wood species than engineered wood. Red and white oak, maple, hickory, and pine are the most popular solids.
Pre-Finished or Site-Finished Pre-finished is increasingly the finish of choice for solids. Site-finished (also called unfinished) accounts for about 25% of solid hardwoods today.
Can Be Sanded? Yes, numerous times. Eventually, solid hardwood will become too thin after years of sanding, compromising its structural integrity.
Ease of Installation Solid hardwoods are nailed or stapled down. Solid hardwood is never installed on a floating basis.
Resale Value Excellent. As long as the floor is in good shape, it is on equal terms with engineered wood flooring.
Overall Durability Excellent. Well-maintained solid hardwood will last for decades. Moisture is the enemy of this organic product. Wood floors do stand a chance of being salvaged after flooding, but they will never perfectly return to their former shape.
Holds Up To Moisture Never recommended for bathrooms, basements, or other areas where moisture is prevalent or even expected. Still, solid hardwood can resist some moisture. Site-finished wood flooring (as opposed to pre-finished), though, does have a sealed top layer that can shed some moisture.
Hardness Solid hardwood encompasses a greater range of wood hardness than engineered. Hardness ranges from extremely soft and appropriate only for utility areas(e.g., Douglas Fir for workshops) to extremely hard (e.g., Brazilian Walnut).
Where to Install Best in living areas, bedrooms, hallways, dining rooms. While it’s wise to avoid solid wood in kitchens, installation can be acceptable if waterproof mats are placed near sink and dishwasher. Mostly not okay to install in bathrooms, though would be fine in a powder room. Never install solid wood floor below grade.
Bottom Line Solid hardwood is for purists who have long-time prospects in mind, yet do not mind installing different types of flooring in different parts of the house, according to need. Solid wood will return value many years down the road.
Solid Hardwood Beauty
- Lighten Up Light hardwoods in shades of white and gray bring an open, airy feel to any space.
- Historic Hardwoods Wide planks inspired by 19th-century homes enhance the natural beauty of any wood type.
- Honey Tones In flooring, furniture, and accessories, golden honey tones are causing a buzz.
Solid Hardwood Performance Factors
- Construction Where will your new flooring go? Solid hardwood flooring should only be installed on grade and above, while engineered hardwood works on any level.
- Species Wood species vary in hardness and light sensitivity, so keep foot traffic, furniture, and light exposure in mind when choosing a species.
- Class Going for a natural look, or want something more uniform? A higher hardwood class will have fewer natural variations, knots, and mineral marks.
Solid Hardwood Maintenance
- Sweep Regularly Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom to prevent buildup that can scratch wood surfaces.
- Reduce Fading Use protective window coverings and move rugs and furniture periodically to help flooring age evenly.
- Prevent Damage Attach felt pads under furniture legs and remove rough or spike-heeled shoes before walking across the floor.
Best for: Any room except full baths or laundry rooms.
Pet Friendly?: Moderately. Keep pets’ nails trimmed to avoid scratching the floor, clean messes immediately, and lay a mat under water dishes to minimize spills. The surface is hard, so provide soft mats or pet beds where dogs can lie down comfortably.
Underlayment : Underlayment products provide a base for the floor. This layer also limits noise, and adds insulation. Cushioned materials such as cork and form are ideal beneath floating floors. Vinyl- and plastic-lined underlayments are best in moisture-prone areas. Manufacturers offer many options and featuring a variety of benefits and price points.
Choosing the perfect hardwood floor can feel like it is a big decision. Visit our showroom and we can walk you through the options. Go through installation. And ease your mind that your investment will last a lifetime.