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The shopper's guide to hardwood

Wood flooring adds warmth and charm to a home, and it's important to choose the right one. It's not a matter of just selecting the prettiest species or the best color because other elements are just as important in determining appearance and functionality. When shopping for wood floors in Conway, AR, consider Conway Flooring & Design to be your one-stop source.

Engineered vs. solid

We're all familiar with solid, one thickness throughout the plank, but engineered is a layered product. This results in more stability and an increased ability to handle water. It is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. At the top lies a slab of species, giving it undertones, knots, and grains.

Underneath are three or more genuine wood layers combined with a little resin and placed in across wise position. Like solid, it can be sanded and adds value to a property. Unlike solid, it can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid is not recommended.

Do you want it finished from the factory or on-site?

When the floor comes complete with a top coat and stain, you know exactly how it will look. You'll have an actual sample that you can use when coordinating the rest of the room. Still, on-site finishing offers an element of customization that appeals to many and allows for more control.
Other things to consider are:

  • Species type. Not all hardwoods are the same. You'll need to consider the room in which it's installed and if the space is light or dark, large or small. You also need to think about extra durability needs that require a harder wood and whether you like many knots and grains.
  • Also, consider the plank width. Wider ones are trending and are more traditional. They also show knots and patterns better. Narrow planks are more casual, contemporary, and best for smaller rooms.
  • Consider grain patterns. Logs are cut three different ways: plain-sawn, rift-sawn, and quarter-sawn. All three yield three different grain patterns. Be sure to ask about the variations.
  • Think about installation. Solid is a tongue and groove; then, it's nailed. Engineered also offers a floating floor. This is a technique where pieces click together, then hover over a subfloor.

Homeowners in Conway, AR, Menifee, AR, Mayflower, AR, or Greenbrier, AR love our customer service, high quality products, superior installations and great deals! Visit the Conway Flooring & Design showroom in Conway, AR, to learn more about hardwood flooring. While there, be sure to get your free estimates.