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If you’re thinking about installing new flooring in your home, hardwood is most likely one of the flooring options that’s under consideration – and for good reason. Not only is hardwood by far history’s most popular flooring choice (outside of dirt), it’s also durable, practical, renewable, and most importantly, a gorgeous addition to any decor – classic or modern. In fact, Realtor.com suggest hardwood as a flooring option that not only boosts your home’s value, but will also increase interest as hardwood is simply “what buyers want.”

While hardwood flooring is certainly no secret for buyers, builders, and shoppers alike, misconceptions and misinformation surrounds the product, and today we’re going to take some time to answer some of the top questions we’ve received regarding nature’s most enduring flooring option, and show you why it just may be the perfect flooring choice for your upcoming remodel.

What are the most common types of wood flooring in the US?

According to the World Floor Covering Association (yes, that is a real thing), the most common types of woods used in hardwood flooring are American hardwoods Oak (both white and red), Cherry, Pecan, Hickory, White Ash, and several other varieties. There are also more exotic options like African Teak, Brazilian Cheery, Tigerwood, and Ipe, that tend to come with a higher price tag.

What is solid hardwood?

Although it seems relatively self explanatory, solid hardwood is just that: floors that are milled from a solid piece of wood. This has been the standard for wood flooring throughout history, and what you are most likely to find in most older homes.

Solid hardwood has plenty of advantages that include a possible life span of decades (if it’s well taken care of); a classic, timeless, and customizable look; and added value to your home.

If selling is on your mind, you’ll be happy to know hardwood flooring is constantly rated as one of the most desirable features for homebuyers, with Fobes.com listing hardwood floors as one of the five things homebuyers want when purchasing a home.

What is engineered hardwood?

Much like its aptly named brethren, engineered hardwood is a flooring choice made up of multiple layers of wood that are bonded together – making it an engineered entity. These modern marvels are especially effective in places that see plenty of temperature or moisture fluctuation, and offer an ease of installation when compared to solid hardwood. Engineered wood flooring can also be a “greener” option as less trees are used in the manufacturing process when compared to solid hardwood.

Is laminate wood flooring really considered wood flooring?

In short, no, but the thing to remember is that wood flooring may not be right for every single flooring situation. Laminate flooring offers a wood-like appearance with a care regimen and cost that is often way below what hardwood may require. However, unlike hardwood, laminate cannot be sanded and doesn’t have nearly the longevity of the natural hardwood material. It can also be a problem to repair in certain situations.

Is purchasing wood flooring bad for the environment?

While wood is most certainly a precious natural resource, and has, at times, been over utilized to the point of environmental harm, a majority of today’s biggest wood floor manufacturers are working to keep their processes sustainable and relatively low-impact on the environment. This is great news for consumers who might be worried about the environmental toll of utilizing wood flooring. This is even true for bamboo flooring.

While no company or product is perfect, a great way to know if the hardwood you’re buying is up to sustainable snuff is to look for an endorsement from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Products that come with an FSC stamp have been independently verified for sustainability and will give you peace of mind as you complete your remodel.

What is the best location in my house/business for hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring has been around for centuries, and its stunning natural beauty and almost limitless lifespan make it a great choice for many areas around your house or business. However, unlike tile, laminate, and some other flooring options, hardwood doesn’t necessarily stand up to harsh environmental factors like drastic changes in temperature or humidity, excessive and weighted traffic, or exposure to the elements. That means, while it may not be a great choice for bathrooms, basements or patios, any entertaining space such as a living room, dining room, den, parlor, bedroom, family room, or almost any other type of non-plumbed room would be a perfect fit for hardwood flooring.

Don’t real hardwood floors always get scratched?

It’s true that hardwood floors are susceptible to being scratched and damaged, but so are all other flooring materials. However, unlike scratches that will never go away or require replacement, hardwood floors can be sanded and re-stained if they begin to show wear, allowing you the opportunity to feature seemingly brand new floors in your home without the hefty price of tearing out and reinstalling. Like all investments, the key to long-lasting hardwood floors is treating them with care, keeping them clean, and keep potential scratchers at a distance.

Aren’t hardwood floors always incredibly expensive?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about hardwood flooring; it doesn’t have to break the bank! In fact, when you factor in quality and longevity, hardwood flooring can be one of the most affordable products on the market. However, like any other product, the quality, selection, and pricing can vary greatly depending on where you make your purchase. Floor Coverings International, with years of being an industry leader, always offers the best value when it comes to wood flooring options, and the professional and experienced staff will make the installation a breeze. FCI will help you get the look you want, without blowing your budget.

Final Thought

Whether you’re looking to update your living space,or prepare your house to put on the market, adding gorgeous wood flooring to any room in your home will add real value and desirability. Though we’ve covered quite a bit of information today, the pros at Floor Coverings International will not only answer all of your additional questions, but will also help you pick the best new flooring option for you. Start your remodeling process now and schedule a consultation!