Contributing strength, beauty, and true endurance, real hardwood floors remain one of the most popular products on the market. It’s no surprise, considering wood floor panels have been a fixture inside residences and public gathering places for several centuries. Readily immersing itself into pretty much any style scheme, hardwood continues to enchant in modern times. Carpet One Belleville is your local wood floor store in Belleville, Ontario. From traditional solid oak to contemporary grey-washed wood, we have an excellent selection of hardwood planks. We can certainly help you find a hardwood that’s right for your budget and functional needs. But first, a few basics:
One of the first choices you’ll make about your hardwood floors is what species you want. Different hardwood species have various benefits. For instance, natural oak is one of the hardest wood species and it’s highly scratch and dent resistant. Some species are darker like walnut, mahogany, and cherry, and others are lighter like hickory, birch, and maple. They can even subtly change shades as they age over the decades.
You’ll find a wide range of wood floor styles in our showroom. Beyond the species, hardwood manufacturers use special techniques, like hand scraping, to add a certain look to the planks. You’ll find products with extra wide or long planks, bevelled edges, weathered texturing, and more. You’ll also find multi-colour wood floors that have subtle tone changes between planks.
Generally, modern-day homeowners have two types of hardwood planks to choose from: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. So, what does this mean? With solid hardwood flooring, each plank is made from a single piece of solid wood. The more traditional of the two, solid hardwood is known to last indefinitely – in fact, many antique homes you’ll see today feature original hardwood floors. However, this option can get pricey, and solid wood can be susceptible to warping due to moisture and humidity. A contemporary alternative engineered hardwood is made especially for homeowners in need of something more affordable and water-resistant. Built by laminating multiple wood layers together, engineered hardwood is more stable in moisture-prone conditions than its solid counterpart.
Purchasing a hardwood floor is just a part of the process; you also need to have it installed. Our sales professionals will listen and ask the right questions to find out the type of hardwood you need for your home and will also walk you through the steps to expect during your installation.
With hardwood, certain details during the installation cannot be ignored, which is why we recommend professional installation. Before the hardwood is installed, one of our flooring professionals will do an in-home measure and moisture test, and the wood is introduced to the home to acclimate. Your floors should be tested for moisture to ensure your subflooring can support the hardwood. A damp subfloor can cause damage to your hardwood over time if not properly tested. Your subfloor is also prepped and made sure it is clean, dry, and free of imperfections. Installers make sure to leave a gap between the planks and your walls to allow the wood to naturally expand. There should be no gaps between the planks to ensure a seamless surface.
The different types of hardwood constructions require different installation methods, which can help in your purchasing decision. Solid hardwood should be nailed or glued down to the surface so there is no shifting during use. Engineered hardwood comes in floating floors and can lock together without needing any adhesives.
Hardwood does have its limitations and needs to be installed in areas that are relatively cool and dry. Solid hardwood floors aren’t suitable for every space. They’re recommended for above-grade, dry rooms. Engineered and waterproof hardwood products are more versatile. These can be installed on every level of your home, including the basement. Engineered floors can handle light moisture areas like foyers, laundry rooms, and hallways. Waterproof hardwood floors are ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and more. Whether you want unique parquet flooring or extra wide plank flooring, we’ll ensure a proper installation that will look beautiful for decades to come.
At Carpet One Belleville, we love the bold beauty of natural hardwood flooring. Our flooring inventory includes a full range of unfinished and prefinished wood flooring options. As a locally owned-and-operated member of the world’s largest flooring cooperative, we’re able to offer up all your favourite flooring brands for lower prices. We also regularly have hardwood flooring sales and promotions, so check in with our experts to hear about the latest updates. A few of our best wood flooring brands are Armstrong®, Rustic River™, and Mannington®. Be sure to stop by our showroom or start browsing our hardwood selection online to get started now.
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