What is Hardwood Flooring?

Wiki defines hardwood flooring as “a term used to describe the hard wooden materials used in the construction of flooring products. There are two main types of hardwood flooring, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring.”

What hardwood flooring does not include is laminate wood flooring.  Laminate wood floors have become popular and are synonymous with brands such as Pergo.  Laminate wood floors feature a synthetic top layer which is colored and textured to give the appearance of wood but at a lower cost and with enhanced durability.

Engineered hardwood flooring is identified by the multiple layers which are bonded together.  This type has a plywood core with a veneer on top and usually comes prefinished with stain and sealer.  For a more detailed explanation of different types of flooring, click here.

Solid hardwood flooring is cut from solid wood material and does not have a plywood core.  Typically solid floors can be refinished more times than the engineered floor and tend to be less stable over time than the engineered floor.  What does that mean?  It’s normal to see gapping and hear creaking in the floor throughout the year and as seasons change.

HSW Floors installs only high-quality engineered wood floors.  We have a relationship with ProSource with locations in Addison, Allen, and Ft.Worth where you can select from hundreds of samples to find the right one for you.  You can purchase the wood directly from ProSource along with all the transition pieces and installation adhesive too.  HSW Floors will pick up and deliver your engineered flooring and install it according to manufacturers guidelines.

By far the most popular floor for HSW Floors clients is solid red oak hardwood flooring, finished on site with a hand-scraped texture and sealed with 3 coats of water-based polyurethane.  If installed on the first floor, typically a solid floor requires the installation of a plywood subfloor and layers of vapor barrier.  HSW Floors provides all services which are needed to complete the project including flooring removal, baseboard removal and installation, baseboard painting, exterior and interior door adjustments, and shoe mould.

If you’re looking to upgrade the floors in your Dallas area home with hardwood flooring, please give HSW Floors a call.

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