Hardwood Flooring Guide
Hardwood flooring continues to be a popular choice because of its long-lasting durability and timeless looks. It’s beautiful and natural appeal can match any décor in any home. You can choose to make your hardwood floors the focal point or complement them with a beautiful area rug. Either way, beautiful floors will make all the difference in your home.
Hardwood represents a significant upfront investment, but it can increase the value of your home and last for decades. That is why we take special care in helping you choose the best hardwood floor for your home. We make sure to stay on top of the latest trends and still carry classic styles so you have different options to choose from. Visit Columbia River Carpet One Floor & Home in Rainier, OR, to see our entire collection of hardwood, or browse our hardwood selection online now. We also offer comprehensive hardwood installation and hardwood refinishing services. Our experts proudly serve Rainer and all of Columbia County, Oregon.
Hardwood comes in an almost limitless selection of styles, colors, and species. Stay in trend with rustic, dark wood options like walnut or go more traditional with warmer light wood floors like oak, hickory, and birch. Today’s hardwood manufacturers use a combination of wire brushing, hand scraping, reactive staining, and other artisanal techniques to make wood floors look more beautiful than ever. You’ll also find extra wide planks, multi-tonal looks, and bevelled edges.
Solid hardwood features a simple construction and is the traditional choice. Each plank is usually ¾’’ thick and made from a single piece of premium wood like maple, hickory, oak, cherry, among others. The thickness of the plank can vary depending on the manufacturer or type of wood used. Solid hardwood performs best when installed above or on grade, and can even be sanded and refinished in order to extend its lifetime in your home. Solid hardwood tends to be costly and it shouldn’t be installed in spaces below grade.
Engineered hardwood planks are made of multiple layers of composite wood with a real wood veneer at the surface. A clear, scratch-resistant coating is often used to provide additional endurance. The wood layers are placed with the grains running in different directions in order to increase stability. They can resist the natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to changes in moisture and humidity. They best perform installed above, on and below grade so you can enjoy them on every level of your home, and they can also be refinished in some cases.
Continue reading below to learn more about hardwood and visit our Columbia River Carpet One Floor & Home showroom in Rainier, OR and speak with a flooring expert about installing hardwood flooring in your home. Our featured exclusive hardwood brands include Rustic River™, Invincible™, and Voyager™. As a member of the Carpet One cooperative, we have increased buying power with suppliers. That means we can pass on lower hardwood prices to you, while staying locally-owned and operated.
Hardwood should be installed in dry, cool places around your home. Solid hardwood is sensitive to moisture and humidity and should be installed in places with relatively low traffic like bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. The layered construction of engineered hardwood allows it to be installed in more places around your home. Engineered hardwood is good in areas with a lot of traffic like kitchens and hallways. They can even be installed in finished basements. Be sure to avoid installing hardwood in bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms due to excessive moisture and humidity which can damage wood. That is unless you’re using our waterproof hardwood collection, Hydrotek™, which you can use in any of these areas.