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Why Hardwood is Right For You

No one can deny that hardwood carries with it an elegance that few other flooring options do. With nearly as many different looks, designs and color options as carpet, it is a force to be reckoned with.

There are three main types of hardwood flooring. Each one carries with it a different set of pros and cons. For this reason, one is likely to suit your personal needs better than another will:

  1. Solid Hardwood: This is the most popular, especially for those who enjoy the “real thing”. The lifespan of solid hardwood is much longer than other hardwoods. This is primarily attributed to the fact that you can resand and refinish it up to eight times. Of course, this depends upon the original thickness of the wood. Each time a solid wood floor is refinished, it looks brand new again. Solid wood does take a bit more to maintain then other floorings do, but if you have the time to invest, it’s certainly worth it. The biggest drawback to solid wood is that it cannot be used in basements or any below ground levels of your home.
  2. Engineered Hardwood: While still technically a “real” wood, engineered flooring consists of a solid wood veneer on top, a center core and a backing material. One of the most appealing things about engineered flooring is that it can be used in any level of the home and withstands humidity much better than solid hardwood. It comes in smaller, shorter pieces that are easier to install, but has the same elegant look as the real thing. The biggest drawback to engineered wood is that while it can still be refinished, you can only do so a couple of times before needing to replace it completely.
  3. Reclaimed Hardwood: This is, in essence, a solid hardwood, but it has very different characteristics. This flooring is made from woods that have been recovered from other uses and is a much more sustainable option than the other two. Some woods are taken from sunken ships, and some come from barns and houses that are over a hundred years old. These woods have a very unique look, color and grain pattern that is hard to find anywhere else.

 
 
 

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The easy choice of hardwood flooring

If you have previously avoided hardwood flooring because it just seemed like too much, we urge you to consider these points as you search for your new floor covering. It’s true that there are many options from which to choose when it comes to this material. On the other hand, all those options mean that it will be easy for you to find or create a floor covering, that is perfect for your needs and desires for new flooring. What you need and want can come together in an amazing way, and we can show you how that’s possible.

At Atlas Flooring, we’ve been matching homeowners and floor coverings for decades, always striving for complete customer satisfaction. We continue to reach for that as we keep serving our customers with that same dedication to meeting your needs for your own floors. From our family to yours, we appreciate the opportunity to serve. And that’s just what we intend to keep doing for all those in Wethersfield, West Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill and New Britain. Come by our showroom in Wethersfield, CT, to speak with a flooring professional to get your own flooring process started.
 
 
Hardwood flooring in Fort Myers, FL from Klare's Carpet INC.
 

Hardwood choices and options are easy to narrow down

Within the many various options you have in hardwood flooring, odds are there are only a few that are going to match your needs perfectly. For example, there are plenty of wood species to choose from, but only a few will be best suited for your floors. Busy households with larger amounts of traffic mean you’ll need a denser hardwood, such as oak. On the other hand, if you’re flooring a bedroom or closet space, with much less traffic, you can afford to choose a softer wood without compromising integrity.

It works in much the same way with the finish you choose, as well as the stain color and other available options. Busy households, for instance, would fare better with a distressed or hand scraped finish, which helps to hide signs of wear and tear, and can give you more time between refinishing projects.

Let’s not forget that hardwood flooring is never an acceptable material to place in below grade spaces. The news isn’t all bad, though, because in these situations you can choose an engineered wood flooring that will allow you to keep that same great wall-to-wall look of real wood flooring.
 
 

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