Arlington Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Floors1Hardwood floors are beautiful, natural and long lasting. They give any room a warm, upscale look. When you install a hardwood, you have flooring that will last for generations. Unlike carpet, it can take years of wear and tear and still look elegant.

Hardwood flooring is a very durable option for Arlington homes. If it gets scratched, you can recoat it or sand and refinish it. The result is a floor that looks as good as the day you had it installed for years to come. Hardwood floors go with every type of decor. There is an endless variety of grains, colors and textures to choose. It is simple to find one that will complement the design of your rooms.

As a homeowner, it is important to know that hardwood floors add value to your investment in your home. They are the only flooring that does this.

Here is a quick summary of the advantages of choosing a hardwood floor:

  • Beauty and elegance
  • Upscale look
  • Warm and inviting
  • Lasts for over 100 years with minimal maintenance
  • Easy to maintain and refinish
  • Wide selection of species, textures, colors and grains
  • Add resale value to your home

What To Look When Choosing Hardwood Floors

The main areas you need to worry about are the species of hardwood, their characteristics, grades and styles, hardness, construction type, cost and the type of subfloor you have. One of our hardwood experts here at FWC Flooring can answer any questions you have and help you make the best selection for your Arlington home’s needs.

Species. There are numerous species of hardwood to choose from, each with their colors and grains. Make sure you choose one that goes with the furnishings fabrics you are using. As a rule, darker colors work best in formal settings and lighter colors fit into casual, contemporary and country settings.

The most common species are red and white oak, maple, hickory, South American pearwood, Douglas fir, bamboo, walnut, Brazilian cherry, Moabi, heart pine, American cherry, Brazilian walnut, tigerwood and Royal mahogany.

Characteristics. The most important characteristics to look for are the grain pattern, knots and natural marks in gray and black. Each of these is the result of the growing process and unique to the species. Because wood is a natural material, you will encounter a wide diversity in looks and textures. Using darker stains can conceal variations in wood. Lighter stains let the variations show through.

Grades and Styles. All lumber is graded, based on how intense the variations are. A clear grade has the least number of variations. Wood styles include planks, strips, parquet tiles. These tiles can have a number of edges, including square, beveled and micro.

Hardness. All hardwoods can handle the impact of everyday foot traffic, but they can dent. Appliances and heavy furniture will also compress the wood. Hardwood is officially ranked by its hardness. We want our Arlington neighbors to know that ranking for the one feature, hardness, does not make it better than a wood of lower hardness ranking. This deals just with the one feature. If you want to know the hardness ranking of the hardwood you are considering, ask a flooring expert at FWC Flooring.

Construction method. Hardwoods used in flooring come in two types. Solid wood is milled from just a single piece of wood. This is usually used over a subfloor made of wood and the hardwood is nailed to it. Engineered pieces have three or more layers in a cross-ply arrangement. This works well for basements and for slab concrete.

Cost. Fir was the most popular type of hardwood for flooring for decades. But as old growth forests diminish, oak has taken its place. There are a number of newer types of hardwoods available, like bamboo, that are comparable in price to oak. Exotic woods are more expensive. Wood tends to fluctuate in price, so it is important to ask in the showroom for the current cost.

Subfloor. A hardwood floor can be installed over any type of subfloor, including vinyl, concrete, wood, hardwood, ceramic, marble and plywood. But your subfloor can influence the type of hardwood that you pick. At FWC Flooring we look forward to serving our Arlington friends.