HARDWOOD FLOORING BUYER’S GUIDE
Nothing brings out the natural beauty of your home like the enchantment of hardwood flooring. And there’s no one more capable of helping you select hardwood floors than the experts at Rusmur Floors Carpet One Floor & Home®. Whether you’re seeking the warm, rustic look of red oak or a modern, fine-grained maple, we’ll help you select the most beautiful hardwood floor that will never lose its character or go out of style. As a member of one of the world’s largest buying groups in floor covering, Rusmur Floors Carpet One offers a vast selection of affordable hardwood floors from major manufacturers. Additionally, we offer exclusive brands that are designed to always look beautiful in your home and withstand every day wear and tear.
Rich in appeal, hardwood flooring enhances virtually any decor style with its sense of natural strength and its variety of finishes. Casual or formal, modern or classic, hardwood is right at home in any home.
Deciding Between Species, Shade and Gloss
Many hardwood species have bold, characteristic textures and patterns. For example, the rustic flair of oak floors is ideal for adding a dash of old world charm to your home. Still others, like maple, have a refined, elegant grain style and are more contemporary. Different species of wood can also have many different shades between them. Darker wood floors are more traditional and warm, while lighter hues showcase a more casual look. You can also choose a hardwood flooring type based on how well it accents the room, including furniture, a wall hanging, a rug or a countertop. You should also consider the gloss level of the hardwood. Additionally, the plank size and finish of any hardwood floor will create varying looks to complement a room’s desired style. While there’s much to consider in creating the desired look, style and long-term performance of your floors, know that you’ll find a beautiful hardwood floor that’s made affordable at Rusmur Floors Carpet One.
Generally, there two types of hardwood flooring— solid or engineered.
Whether it’s a strip or plank, solid hardwood flooring is a single piece of wood, which can easily be customized and can be re-sanded to change finishes. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is made of 3 to 5 layers laminated together with grains running at different angles. While engineered hardwood looks like solid hardwood, it is actually more structurally stable and can be used anywhere, even places like basements where moisture may be an issue.
Properly installed and sealed, hardwood flooring requires minimal care to maintain its good looks. Simply vacuum regularly and wipe weekly with a damp mop. And, since it’s sealed it can’t absorb spills, so it won’t stain.
Hardwood Information and Recommendations for Home Decorating
While you can add an elegant appeal to most any room with the rich, traditional color and texture of hardwood flooring, there is some hardwood information you need to have before deciding which type of hardwood to select or whether to choose hardwood at all.
ince colonial times, solid hardwood has been a preferred choice for enhancing formal rooms and hallways with a beautiful, inviting ambiance. It’s also an excellent choice for areas where you may want to change looks at a future date, since it can sanded and refinished to meet changing tastes.
However, solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below grade (basements) or in rooms where excess moisture is present, such as kitchens, baths, saunas, and enclosed porches. It also tends scratch easier than engineered hardwoods, so careful consideration should be given to use with large pets.
Engineered hardwood is a perfect alternative virtually any place solid hardwood is used, except where you might want to change the look since engineered hardwood generally cannot be sanded and refinished. In addition, engineered hardwood is especially recommended for use below grade in basements and other areas where scratch resistance and added longevity are important. While it tends to resist moisture better than solid hardwood, it still may not be the best choice for kitchens and bath.