Hardwood floors are one of our most popular flooring surfaces. With high grades on style and practicality, hardwood floors are a perfect fit for many homeowners. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville are equipped to answer all your hardwood flooring questions. To get you started, here’s some general information on hardwood floors.

Hardwood Flooring

There are two main types of hardwood floors – solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. Solid wood floors are essentially what they sound like, a single piece of wood. This single piece of wood has a deep wear surface and can be sanded and finished multiple times over the course of its lifespan. The downside? Solid hardwood floors can warp with humidity and water damage. They can also shrink and expand depending on the environment.


Engineered wood floors have grown in popularity, partly because of a few key advantages over solid wood flooring. Engineered wood floors are composed of two or more layers of wood. This forms a plank that can be laid on top of many original surfaces, including cement. Installation is usually less time intensive and individual planks can be more easily replaced.


Both engineered wood floors and solid wood floors are compatible with under floor radiant heating systems. However, solid wood floors need more planning and preparation to accommodate a heating system.


Today, there are more wood floor style choices than ever before. Some of the most frequently used trees used for wood floors are oak, pine, Taun, cherry, pecan, maple, and hickory. Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville carries a huge assortment of wood floor colors and types.


We know you’re just getting started with your hardwood flooring research. Our flooring consultants have the knowledge and expertise to answer your specific questions. Please give us a call today. We proudly serve the Lawrenceville and Norcross areas.


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