Hardwood Flooring Guide
Are you trying to make your home a place you love returning to? Nothing compares to hardwood flooring. The first floor of choice throughout the years, hardwood flooring as rich tones and a warm feel. If you’re an allergy sufferer, hardwood flooring is a wise choice. We offer hardwood options with low VOCs that make the perfect allergen-friendly option. At Oberdorf Carpet One Floor & Home in Lewisburg, PA, we have hardwood flooring for every lifestyle and need, so if you think you can’t have hardwood, keep reading!
We carry a wide variety of solid and engineered hardwood flooring, ranging in:
Hardwood planks can be harvested from different domestic and exotic wood species. Some of our most popular products are made of wood from pine and white oak.
Pine is the perfect neutral, exuding with a lovely golden-brown color that can serve as a base. It’s durable and can withstand foot traffic and other impacts. Choose pine for rooms like an entryway or kitchen.
White oak is light and clean in appearance. It’s uniform and easy, with a resilience making it the perfect choice for families with small kids or pets. It’s also one of our more budget friendly options.
Maple has a more subtle grain pattern. It is one of the hardest woods around and is easy to clean, while providing a warm, golden glow to your room.
For a unique twist on hardwood, consider eco-friendly materials such as bamboo or cork. While not as traditional, they perform in similar ways to hardwood and share a similar look.
The short answer is YES. Here’s a quick overview of the two different hardwood flooring forms:
Engineered hardwood flooring is popular with homeowners. While occasionally confused with laminate, it’s completely different. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of layers of real wood veneers and top layer of premium hardwood. The layer keeps the plank stable, while resisting changes in moisture and humidity. We recommend engineered hardwood for homeowners with children and pets. These planks withstand daily activity and most accidents. If you love the distinct look of natural hardwood but require a lower maintenance floor, engineered planks are perfect.
Solid hardwood flooring is original hardwood plank and remains the most popular flooring option. The simple construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood can help to add value to your home. Planks can be refinished to extend their life in your home. When it comes to where you can install these planks, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home like bedrooms, living rooms, and even a home office.
Hardwood flooring is time-tested and durable but is limited to where it can be installed. For example, solid hardwood can only be installed in, on, and above ground rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Due to its simple construction, it’s not built for heavy foot traffic. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in kitchens, hallways, and basements due to its durable construction. Hardwood should not be installed in bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Make sure your hardwood flooring is installed properly to avoid major problems. This often involves acclimating your flooring materials to the conditions inside your home before installation to prevent issues like swelling. Therefore, choosing your service provider carefully is of paramount importance: clearly, a professional flooring installation is strongly advised. Before you begin, remember that hardwood installation can get messy. Expect dust and lot’s it (don’t worry, it’s only temporary!)
If your home runs humid but your heart set on hardwood floors anyway, the number one step to ensure you don't run into any issues involves proper planning. This is especially true in region where humidity during the summer months is a major concern. Maintaining a 35-55% relative humidity level is essential.
Investing in a central air conditioner or other environmental control system can be a terrific way to control the humidity in your home regardless of the temperature outside. Even small steps like a dehumidifier will go a long way towards protecting your investment and preserving the lifespan of your hardwood flooring.
As a member of the Carpet One Floor & Home cooperative, we carry quality flooring at exceptional prices. We have the best hardwood brands and can help you make smarter choices. To learn more about our hardwood flooring and installation services, visit us today in Lewisburg, PA.
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