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What you should know when shopping for hardwood flooring

A wood floor adds charm, warmth, and elegance to your home, but it's vital to get the right one for your needs. All hardwood isn't the same! At Crestview Flooring Inc, we're answering two of the commonly asked questions we hear in our showroom.

What is an engineered floor?

While we're all familiar with solid wood, engineered wood flooring is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. Because of the construction, the engineered version is more stable and better able to handle water. At the top is your species-of-choice, giving the floor undertones, knots, grains, and swirls.

Underneath are three or more authentic wood layers combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, it won't shrink or expand with humidity, and it can be placed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid cannot go. It can be sanded up to five times, depending on thickness, lasts about 50 years, comes in a wide assortment of species, and adds value to your property.
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Roseville, CA from Crestview Flooring Inc

Species & style

Whether you select solid or engineered, there will be a wide assortment of domestic (harvested in North America) and exotics (harvested outside the country.) Domestics tend to be warmer and more traditional, while exotics are darker and, some feel, more contemporary. Some species have an abundance of knots and swirls, while others, like cherry, are more subtle.

Currently, the most popular woods are hickory, oak (both white and red), maple, walnut, and cherry, but you're certainly not limited to those. Another consideration is hardness; some are tougher than others, so if you have extra durability issues, let your flooring expert know. Also, think about the plank width. Wider ones are currently trending and are more traditional and show off the knots and grains better. If your room is smaller or you prefer a more casual style, perhaps select narrow planks.

Some say installation is just as important as the product, so you'll always receive the highest quality craftsmanship. Solid is a tongue and groove, with a nail-down installation; it's a little more complicated with subfloor work and requiring highly skilled installers. Engineered can be a floating floor that clicks and hover over the floor. To learn more, visit the Crestview Flooring Inc showroom in Sacramento, CA, and get your free hardwood flooring estimate. We service homes in Sacramento, CA, Roseville, CA, Rocklin, CA, Folsom, CA, and Elk Grove, CA.