All About Hardwood Flooring
HARDWOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION IN SAN DIEGO
Hardwood flooring is a timeless option that will match any décor, and it’s available in a vast range of rich colors and attractive finishes. Whether you prefer the classic look of oak, maple, birch or something more exotic, our selection of hardwood flooring will always remain in style.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a beautiful and eco-friendly option. It’s constructed from multiple layers of plywood, pressed and glued together in an overlapping pattern with a hardwood top. So it’s real hardwood flooring—it just covers more ground with fewer trees than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring holds up well to moisture, making it a versatile choice for almost any room in the home.
Traditional solid hardwood is milled from single pieces of wood that will last a lifetime if properly cared for. While solid hardwood flooring enriches any room with a natural elegance, it’s also vulnerable to fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
Technically, cork flooring is considered a hardwood choice because it’s made from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark is ground and processed into sheets, which are baked in a kiln, producing beautiful, durable tiles. Cork flooring installation is ideal for high-traffic areas.
The most exciting part of choosing your hardwood flooring is deciding on the style and design. An abundance of species, color, texture, and finish options can seem overwhelming, but the professional design experts at Express Floors To Go in San Diego are here to help.
Engineered and solid hardwood flooring both come in a variety of visually distinctive species from all over the world. Domestic species include Maple, Birch, Oak, Hickory/Pecan, American Cherry, and Walnut. Exotic species include Acacia, Brazilian Cherry, Santos Mahogany, Ipe, Pacific Koa, Brazilian Walnut, and traditional and stranded Bamboo.
All wood species selected for floor coverings have the adequate hardness to serve their purpose. However different species have hardness ratings to provide a measurement for us to accommodate more heavy foot traffic such as coffee shops and other public spaces.
Hardwood floors come in a variety of widths. The final decision of plank width is a personal preference and a function of room size.
Shiny, smooth hardwood flooring provides an elegant, modern look. Hand-scraped texture offers a casual appearance and can be combined with distressing for a time-worn, lived-in look that hides wear-and-tear beautifully.
At Express Floors to Go, all of our hardwood flooring options are beautiful, but when choosing, you’ll want to go with something that strikes a balance between style and functionality:
Engineered hardwood flooring installation is great for any room, even half bathrooms and kitchens where the likelihood of damage from humidity is low.
Today’s hardwood floors are incredibly easy to clean—microfiber mops and specialized wood cleaning solutions make sweeping a snap.
Hardwood floors are strong and durable, but they are not immune to scratches and dents. More active households can benefit from certain finishes such as distressed looks, etc.
Not all hardwood flooring is created equal. Some options are higher on the price scale due to a variety of factors:
Exotic wood species tend to be more expensive than domestically produced wood flooring.
Higher-priced hardwood options feature smooth, consistent color, while lower-priced options include more knots, imperfections, and board-to-board color variations.
Add-on options that cost more include color-washing, hand-sculpting, and deeper, richer finishes.
Plank hardwood flooring is more expensive than strip flooring, and the price tends to rise with wider lengths.
Engineered hardwood comes in a variety of thicknesses to provide options for your specific flooring project.
Hardwood flooring installation is not a one-size-fits-all project. The conditions of your home’s subfloor helps to determine the appropriate method of installation.
Engineered hardwood can be stapled or glued, or the flooring can attach to itself rather than to the subfloor (called “floating” installation). Traditionally, solid hardwood flooring installation involves nailing or stapling planks to a wood subfloor. However, adhesives are now available for glue-down installation as well.
Depending on your existing floor, you may need to include removal, disposal, and floor preparation in your budget.
Interlocking types of engineered hardwood flooring are great for DIY projects, but for guaranteed satisfaction, we recommend our professional installation service.