Nothing can beat the natural beauty of hardwood flooring.
When you are considering flooring options for your home, nothing beats the timeless beauty and durability of hardwoods or engineered woods. The number of choices and types of wood flooring can be overwhelming; here's a quick primer on some of the terms to become familiar with as you explore options:
Traditional vs. Engineered Wood: Engineered hardwoods are actually layers of higher-quality hardwood over layers of lower-grade wood, created to make the flooring both less absorbent and more affordable for people who like the look of hardwood but cannot afford traditional woods.
Grade: The grading of hardwood flooring refers to how much color variation and whether, and in what size/frequency, the boards will have natural knots. "Select" grade flooring is the most uniform in color with no knots. "Rustic" grade flooring has the most color variation and large knots, and "natural" grade is in between select and rustic.
Hardness: You will also want to learn about the hardness of different types of woods. Woods like mahogany and cherry are among the hardest and most durable, whereas fir and pine are among the softest woods used in flooring.
- Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for many reasons, including:
- Eco-friendly: Wood flooring, including engineered hardwoods, comes from natural materials.
- Healthy: Everyone can benefit from wood flooring because, unlike carpeting, there are no fibers that can trap dust, dirt and harsh chemicals. People with allergies or asthma find it easier to breathe when they switch to hardwoods.
- Easy to Maintain: Hardwoods are among the easiest flooring option to keep clean and beautiful. Some homeowners like to use area rugs in high traffic areas to help keep the floor in like-new condition.
For more information on hardwood flooring, or any of our other options, visit us in Andover, MA today! You can also call us at 978-296-4211 to speak with a member of our professional staff today!