Our flooring experts understand the ins and outs of all of our hardwood flooring options and will help to simplify the selection process, allowing you to make a fully-informed decision and find the best solution for your home.
Hardwood flooring has always been a favorite flooring option throughout the years and is becoming increasingly more popular – especially because of the increased value it adds to a home. We offer a wide variety of different stains and styles ranging from widths from 21/2 inches to 7-inch wide planks and each plank of hardwood flooring is crafted from the finest oak, maple, hickory, birch, acacia and other finishes.
Today, hardwood floors are much more durable and scratch/scuff resistant than they once were. Pre-finished or manufacturer-finished hardwood floors generally have 6 to 10 layers of UV cured layers of polyurethane, a hard, tough, durable material. Now, a lot of factories are also adding aluminum oxide to the urethane for additional protection against wear. Of course, the hardness of the wood you select will also have an affect on its performance. A softer wood like pine, for example, is at a higher risk of potential dents or scratches than an oak would be.
When it comes to the construction of hardwood there are two to be familiar with: solid and engineered. Though similar, there are distinct differences that set them apart. Solid hardwood is 100 percent solid wood that can be nailed or stapled into wooden subfloors above grade and is generally not recommended for concrete installation due to its susceptibility to expansion in high moisture areas. While engineered hardwood is also 100 percent wood, it is manufactured from three, five or seven sheets of plies of wood that are stacked on top of each other in opposite directions, then glued under high pressure. This process is what we call ‘Cross-Ply’ construction. Cross-Ply construction makes these products more dimensionally stable. One major determining factor when deciding between these two constructions depends on how much traffic the floor is expected to see.
Hardness & Species
With every specie of wood, most people just expect a difference in colors. However, every specie will also have a different level of hardness.
Please refer to the image below to recognize the different levels of hardness (according to the Janka Scale) for each different type of wood.
With such a wide variety of different species of wood to choose from, you can create a customized look that is uniquely yours at a price you can afford, so you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for at The Rug Market no matter your preference.
So stop in our store today at 1085 Ridge Road East in Rochester, NY to view our selection of hardwood flooring!