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Choose The Right Hardwood Floor

The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Ideal Hardwood Floor


Hardwood flooring has beauty, strength, and character, along with options for every look. From smooth, glossy, traditional strips to wide, weathered planks, hardwood creates a beautiful backdrop for any style room. Today's hardwood floors are also milled and finished using techniques that require much lower maintenance than in years past. So you'll get the character you want in a floor that'll last. Choosing the perfect hardwood floor is more than just a design decision. It's about finding the harmony between aesthetics, durability, and your lifestyle.


Dive into our comprehensive guide to find the best hardwood flooring for your space, budget, and lifestyle.


Our Flooring Pro's have outlined 7 things you should consider when choosing hardwood flooring for your space. 


  1. The Allure of Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood floors have graced homes for centuries, offering timeless beauty and unmatched elegance. Their natural grains, hues, and textures can transform any space, making it cozy, luxurious, or modern, depending on your preference.

  2. Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood: Know the Difference

    1. Solid Hardwood Floors: Crafted from a single piece of wood, solid hardwood offers thickness that can withstand multiple sandings and refinishing over the years.

    2. Engineered Hardwood Floors: Comprising multiple layers, engineered hardwood is designed to reduce expansion and contraction with temperature changes, making it ideal for basements and areas with moisture.

  3. Durability Matters: Choose the Right Species Different wood species offer varying levels of hardness. For homes bustling with activity, opt for harder woods like Hickory or Oak. For a more luxurious feel, softer woods like Cherry or Walnut are ideal. 

  4. Color and Finish: Set the Mood from rich dark tones to light natural hues, the color of your hardwood can dramatically influence the ambiance. Consider the room's lighting, size, and décor when selecting a shade. Additionally, finishes can range from glossy to matte, each offering a distinct look.

  5. Texture and Style: Personalize Your Space Whether you adore the rustic charm of hand-scraped floors or the sleek elegance of smooth planks, the texture can make a significant difference. Explore styles like distressed, parquet, or reclaimed to add a unique touch.

  6. Installation Insights: While DIY installations can be cost-effective, hiring a professional ensures precision, longevity, and peace of mind. Discuss with experts, understand the process, and decide what suits you best.

  7. Care and Maintenance: Keep the Shine Alive. Regular cleaning, avoiding direct sunlight, and using protective pads under furniture can prolong the life of your hardwood floor. Embrace preventive measures and enjoy the lasting beauty of your investment.


Let's take a deeper dive into what affects the durability of a hardwood floor. 



Even the most robust hardwood floors from CarpetOne Floor and Home aren't immune to the occasional scuff or scratch, especially in bustling households. If your home is a hub of activity with children and pets, it's essential to opt for flooring designs that prioritize durability.


Here's a breakdown from our Pro's of the factors influencing the resilience of your hardwood floor:


1. Wood Type Matters: Every hardwood variety comes with its own durability rating. The inherent hardness of the wood determines its resistance to dents and wear. At CarpetOne, we pride ourselves on offering some of the toughest options, including Hickory, Oak, and Maple.


2. Protective Coating: Our hardwood flooring selections is treated with a specialized protective coat. We provide a range of protective finishes, ensuring your floor's longevity against scratches and stains. We pride ourselves on having some of the best hardwood flooring warranties in the industry, including coverage options for up to 50 years as well as life of the floor coverage on installation for all flooring types. Read more about our warranties. 


3. Finish and Texture: Our diverse range of hardwood floors includes both matte finishes and textured styles like the rustic hand-scraped look. These options not only add character but also excel in camouflaging daily wear and tear, unlike their smooth, glossy counterparts.


4. Embracing Water Resistance: While hardwood traditionally isn't synonymous with water resistance, CarpetOne challenges this notion. Our exclusive H2O is genuine wood floor that’s actually waterproof. Hardwood that has the H2O label is a perfect solution for modern living in beautiful style with an impressive variety of woods and colors. 


With CarpetOne, you're not just choosing a floor; you're investing in a blend of style, durability, and innovation. Let us guide you to the perfect hardwood solution for your home. Contact us today to get a free estimate on the best hardwood flooring for your home.



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