The Beauty Of Wood Flooring
Hardwood Flooring Types
When we talk about hardwood flooring, we’re usually think about ¾” thick planks that are 2 ¼” wide. Though you may find narrower widths or a thinner gauge, this is what is considered the classic strip wood floor. Most hardwood flooring today is manufactured from the American hardwoods (red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan trees) or the newer exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian Cheery, Tigerwood, Ipe, African Teak, etc. The three most common hardwood flooring types today are Solid hardwood flooring, Engineered wood flooring and Longstrip engineered wood floors.
Distressed Wide Planks
Wide-plank flooring is increasing in popularity, due to its beauty and fewer seams. It comes in a variety of wood types, but choose a distressed wood if you want a rustic look.
Most reclaimed pine comes from historical buildings. Using reclaimed pine flooring in your home has eco-friendly benefits and brings a historic touch and luxurious look to your home.
Maple has been a favorite of flooring by manufacturers since the early Colonial Days. Maple has a delicate, uniform texture, which adds elegance into your room. It is usually straight-grained, but it can also occur as “curly,” ‘Fiddleback,” and “birds-eye” figure.
Red oak is one of the most popular flooring choices available because of its ability to coordinate with any design style. The reddish tones add to its beauty and its resistance to wear makes it a great option for high-traffic areas, such as a living room
Ebonizing wood is a simple way to add luxury to a space. The dark, opaque look complements many design styles but really stands out in a neutral, contemporary space. Dark hardwoods, such as oak, cherry and walnut, create the best sleek black look.
The natural features of reclaimed wood bring warmth, and it’s a stunning choice for a bathroom once it’s treated. Reclaimed wood can be incorporated in traditional and contemporary spaces.
If you want an exotic look, choose Brazilian cherry wood. The multitude of colors in the grain gives the floor a mosaic look. Aside from its visual appeal, its sturdy nature and affordable price make it a popular choice among exotic hardwoods.
White Oak Puzzle Piece
A conversation starter doesn’t have to be a piece of art. Designer Jamie Beckwith designed The Enigma Hardwood puzzle piece flooring to challenge the traditional wood-plank flooring. It comes in 16 different patterns with six unique stain choices for a custom look.
To bring high style to your space, choose eucalyptus hardwood flooring. Its fast growth and high availability makes it an eco-friendly and budget-friendly choice. Pair the flooring with white furnishings to create an elegant look.
Douglas fir plank flooring brings a comfortable, inviting feel to your home. The stain in the fir showcases the detail in the grain, delivering a striking design aesthetic to your space.
The owners of this balcony make full use of its small space by adding texture and interest with wooden tiles. The tiles were simply placed across the concrete, making renovation or removal an easy process.
The worn wooden floor of this outdoor dining area adds rustic charm to the open-air room, aiding the overall greenhouse effect given off by the walls of plants.
When properly installed and maintained, wood flooring can last a lifetime. Unlike carpeting, these floors seldom need replacing, and they never harbor dust and allergens. If damage occurs, they can be sanded and refinished several times to restore their natural beauty. Most can be cleaned with a dry dust mop or damp cloth for easy maintenance. Flexible installation guidelines allow wood floors to be floated over, glued to or nailed to the sub-floor. They can even be installed over concrete. Their versatility is unparalleled. All species feature unique grain patterns that can be augmented with natural stains and are available in styles and colors to suit any home whether it’s contemporary or traditional.
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