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Hardwood FAQs

Hardwood FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions we get when asked about our hardwood floors.

What's the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?

Solid wood is thicker, able to be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. It expands and contracts with changes in indoor humidity, so installers often leave a gap between the floor and the wall that gets covered by molding.

Engineered wood is made up of layers, bonded together under heat and pressure. It's less likely to be affected by humidity and can be installed in any room of the home, even in basements.

Which wood species is right for me?

It's all about your style preference - and your budget! There are dozens of domestic and exotic wood species to choose from.

  • If you want a lighter wood and a more open and airy feel, try ash or maple.
  • For a warm and cozy look, try medium hues like hickory or oak.
  • For a more refined and stately appearance, try a darker walnut or mahogany.

Each species is ranked for hardness and durability, so consider how it's going to be used. Our experts can walk you through the best choice for your family's lifestyle!

My room is smaller than the amount of wood flooring I was told to buy. Why is this?

A general industry rule is to order 10% more flooring than is needed for the size of the room. This is to account for inevitable waste that occurs when boards are cut to fit into specific angles and corners. This occurs most often when working around stairs, bay windows, fireplaces and closets. A perfectly square room will likely require less than 10% extra material - but it's still wise to order a bit extra. Our design experts will help you determine the best purchase for your needs.

Are hardwood floors safe for homes with pets?

Wood floors are durable, but they can get scratched. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, either. Part of the charm of wood floors is the natural wear and tear that builds up over time. This gives the floors an authentic look and feel that synthetic floor materials can't quite capture.

That said, if you're concerned about scratches, you can minimize them with mats and rugs, and by keeping pet nails trimmed down. You should also keep in mind that any scratches you see are likely in the finish, rather than the wood itself. You can repair these scratches and refinish your floors if need be.