Hardwood facts to help you choose

Hardwood flooring. It’s one of the most sought after flooring materials on the market today. Available in many different colors, grain patterns and densities, it can be used almost anywhere. The lifespan of wood floors means that it could very well be the last flooring decision you have to make. It complements any décor and that look can be enhanced with area rugs, runners and more.

Hardwood species

The species of hardwood you choose should be dependent on the foot traffic volume in the room where you wish to place it. Heavy traffic means you would be better served by a hardwood that is denser and harder than others are. Rooms that don't see as much traffic, on the other hand, can be adorned with a wood species that isn’t as dense.

While you can refinish a hardwood floor several times over its lifespan, there’s no need to hasten the process by subjecting a softer wood to heavy traffic. So be sure to ask your flooring professional about this. They can help you choose the perfect species.

Here are a few of the species from which you can choose:

  • Pak
  • Hickory
  • Walnut
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Pine
  • Bamboo
  • Ash

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Engineered hardwood is also a choice

For those who would like to have hardwood in the basement, you also have the option of engineered wood. While it is comprised of several layers of composite material, the top veneer layer of engineered wood is, in fact, real hardwood. If you choose a thicker layer, you can even refinish it a couple of times before needing to replace it, just like solid wood. Engineered hardwood includes a wear layer on the very top that gives it a ruggedness as well as a resistance to water. That durability really comes in handy in those high traffic areas and pays off when you have children in the home as well. Since its real wood, you still have the look and feel of the real thing, but less of a maintenance schedule and care calendar. It can be placed just about anywhere since it doesn't react to humidity and temperature changes the way that solid wood does.

Let us help you choose your hardwood

At Comfort Flooring, we know a thing or two about floor coverings. We service the areas of Granger, Indiana, Mishawaka, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, Osceola, Indiana as well as Edwardsburg, Michigan. If you happen to be in or around any of these areas, stop by our showrooms in Mishawaka, and Elkhart, IN today. We’ll be happy to show you our extensive line of hardwood flooring.