Choosing hardwood flooring isn’t just about color

Wood floors add richness and charm to any home. They also last for decades, never go out of style and add value to a property. There’s more to choosing the right floor than selecting a color, so here's a guide as to what you should consider.

Which type of hardwood flooring do you want?

Hardwood flooring comes in two versions, solid or engineered. Engineered wood flooring is taking over a significant share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. Unlike solid, one thickness throughout, this is a layered construction that gives the floor stability and a better ability to handle water.

At the top is a slice of oak, maple, hickory, or whatever species you choose, giving the floor raised grains, swirls, and undertones. Underneath are three or more layers of genuine wood combined with a bit of resin and then placed in a crosswise position. As a result, these floors can be installed in some areas where solid isn't recommended, such as below-grade spaces, and won't shrink or contract to adjust to the weather. They will add value to a property, though, and can also be refinished up to five times, depending on thickness.

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Do you have any installation preferences?

Solid hardwood installation is always a traditional tongue and groove with a nail down and possibly several coats of both finish and stain. It's more involved, requires moisture readings throughout the process, can be time-consuming, and sometimes involves subfloor restoration and repair. Engineered offers an additional choice: the fast and uncomplicated floating floor, which is clicked, mat, and hover with subfloors that only need to be clean, dry, and level.

Your Cypress, TX hardwood flooring experts

Whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood flooring you can always be sure of a high quality, craftsmen-like installation. For more information and a free hardwood flooring quote, visit the Cypress Custom Floors & Remodeling showroom in Cypress, TX, convenient to areas in and around Cypress, TX, Spring, TX, Tomball, TX, Katy, TX, Waller, TX, || Houston, TX.