Wood species samplesHardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring options available today. It adds elegance and warmth to any room, as well as raises the value of your home. With so many options for Beachwood hardwood flooring, it can be overwhelming to know what to look for. The experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland East are here to help you navigate through the decision process and help you pick out the perfect flooring for your home.

Species of Wood

One thing you need to decide when choosing your wood floors is what species of wood you want to be installed. Different species of wood have various qualities that give them different colors and tones, hardness levels, and grain patterns. The Janka Hardness Test is a test that was devised to measure the force needed to embed a .444-inch steel ball halfway into a wood sample. Using Red Oak as the benchmark wood, this test is useful when looking at different species of wood and deciding if they are a viable option for flooring. However, the Janka Test should be used as a general guide and not the golden standard.

Unfinished vs. Prefinished

You can either choose to use unfinished or prefinished wood when installing your floors. Unfinished hardwood flooring means the person installing the floor will sand the wood and apply the finish on-site. Prefinished wood comes ready to install from the manufacturer. When deciding which to use, it really comes down to what works best for you. Opting for unfinished wood leaves you more flexibility to match existing floors or obtain a specific color. However, unfinished hardwood floors take longer to install because the contractor finishes preparing the wood at your home. You also have to wait to walk on or put your furniture back on the floors until the wood has fully dried and cured, which can take days to weeks. If you are having a hard time deciding, talk with one of our experts. They’ll be able to consult with you and talk with you more in depth about the pros and cons of each type.

Solid vs. Engineered

Another thing to consider when deciding on your Beachwood hardwood flooring is what construction type you want. Solid hardwood flooring is milled from a single piece of lumber, whereas engineered hardwood is constructed from multiple layers of wood and fused together under heat and pressure. If you’re installing them in your basement or a room with high levels of moisture, you’ll want to use engineered hardwood because solid hardwood reacts more to changes in moisture and temperature.

To learn more about your different hardwood flooring options, call Floor Coverings International Cleveland East today! We serve the Cleveland areas and offer free in-home design consultations so you can see real samples of different woods and how they’d look in your home.

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