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Buying Guide

A hardwood buying guide written by experts, for everyday shoppers.

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Shoppers love hardwood flooring for its natural beauty and elegance.

Each plank tells a story, with its distinct grain patterns and rich colors that develop character over time.

Whether you're renovating a cozy cottage or modernizing a city apartment, hardwood flooring offers a timeless appeal that complements any style while adding warmth and a sense of organic luxury to your living environment.
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What is hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring is made from solid wood and it comes in many styles, colors and species.

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

Engineered hardwood is made of layers of wood on the top and the bottom, with a core in the middle of it. Engineered hardwood is unique because it can be installed in a basement and over radiant heat, whereas regular hardwood cannot.

What is the most expensive type of hardwood flooring?

Zebra wood is the most expensive type of hardwood flooring.

What is the cheapest type of hardwood flooring?

Pine is generally considered the cheapest hardwood flooring and it sells for $4 to $9 per square foot.

What is the most durable type of hardwood?

The most durable species of hardwood is hickory, and the least durable is cherry. In order from least to most durable hardwood species it goes cherry, walnut, birch, oak, maple, and then hickory.

What makes hardwood different than vinyl plank flooring?

Hardwood is made from natural wood whereas vinyl plank is a digital print of wood on top of a veneer. Hardwood generally holds its value and even at times increases the value of your home whereas vinyl plank does not.

Where can I find a store that carries vinyl plank?

You can find one of our local stores in the find a retailer tab.

Does hardwood flooring need to be acclimated?

Hardwood flooring should be acclimated before installing to make sure that the installation is fully stable. If you do not acclimate hardwood you risk warping, c upping and buckling.

Why Buy Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is an investment in your home. The elegant beauty of hardwood can change the complete vibe and aesthetic of a room. Hardwood is timeless, versatile and can be installed in practically any room. - Neil Daley (VP of Flooring Merchandising, with 20 years of flooring experience)
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