Before choosing which type of hardwood you prefer, first, consider the area of installation. Are you looking to install your hardwood flooring in the basement? Engineered hardwood may be the best route. If you’re searching for natural flooring to be installed in a quiet space, solid is a great option! Both solid and engineered hardwood floors look and feel the same, however, there are some significant distinctions under the surface.
The world of hardwood floors continues to grow, with prolific options to please every style and need. Today’s hardwood floors are milled and finished using techniques that require much lower maintenance. As a result, you’ll get the character you want on a floor that’ll last.
Mix and match to combine your favorite finishes, stains, colors, and dimensions to create the look you're dreaming of.
After discovering which style and design of hardwood you are looking for, it’s time to consider the species of flooring that you prefer. Each hardwood species is unique in terms of looks, textures, and benefits. Hardwood floors originate from a wide range of domestic and exotic tree species.
Always consider your product's hardness level before making any final decisions, along with the area of installation and humidity.
Unfortunately, yes. Hardwood floors are well-known for their ability to bring natural charm and elegance to a home, but it’s no secret that moisture and hardwood floors don’t go together. But why is this?
1. When wood planks are crafted, they are dried at a 7-8% moisture level.
2. This process aids in the plank’s natural expansion and contraction due to humidity levels within your home.
3. When humidity levels rise, the planks will expand, and when moisture levels or temperatures drop, they will contract.
While many homeowners will have to battle fluctuating humidity throughout New England summers and winters, there are a few ways you can protect your hardwood floors. Here at Carpet One, we understand that your floors are an investment. Therefore, we recommend certain care and maintenance tips for each type of flooring.
1. Keep a humidistat & thermostat in your home year-round: Hardwood performs best with a humidity level between 30% - 50%.
2. Regulate your home’s temperature year-round: Hardwood performs best when the climate is controlled at a temperature range of 60–80 degrees.
Hardwood planks can be installed in a variety of areas. Consider the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring.
To keep your hardwood floors looking their best, we recommend having your hardwoods installed professionally. Our installers are experienced in hardwood installation and know just how to prepare your floors for the expansion and contraction they will likely face. For this reason, our hardwood planks will be delivered and placed in the intended installation space 24–48 hours before installation to acclimate. Visit our store to learn more about our installation services and our flooring warranties.
Ruggieri Carpet One Floor & Home is a proud member of North America's best-loved flooring cooperative. We offer localized services and unparalleled variety. To learn more about our hardwood floor selection and brands, please visit our showroom at 1191 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston, RI. We look forward to seeing you soon!