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Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular and attractive flooring options on the market today. If you’re looking for hardwood flooring in Middletown, New Jersey, Floor Coverings International has extensive hardwood expertise. Floor Coverings International of Monmouth County has manufacturing direct pricing and a huge variety of hardwood flooring options. We come to your home to show you all the options and help make your flooring decision easier. Our designers are also well educated about hardwood and other types of flooring so they can answer any questions you might have. Below, we go into hardwood flooring a bit more.

Solid versus Engineered Hardwood

There are two main types of hardwood flooring: solid and engineered. Solid hardwood floor planks are made from natural wood and milled from a single source. Due to the moisture and temperature fluctuations of solid hardwood flooring, most boards cannot be made more than 5″ wide and 3/4″ thick. Solid hardwood boards can be cut into one of three styles — flat-sawn, quarter-sawn or rift-sawn.

Engineered wood flooring still contains real wood, but it is composed of two or more layers of wood adhered together to form a plank. The top layer, or lamella, is what you see on your hardwood floor. The core layers, or substrate, provide the planks with stability. Engineered hardwood flooring is not to be confused with laminate, vinyl and veneer floors. These floors are imitations of hardwood flooring, but engineered wood floors and solid hardwood flooring are the real thing.

Benefits and Style Options

Choosing Hardwood - © Iriana ShiyanOur Middletown, NJ customers love hardwood flooring because it’s easier to clean and maintain than carpeting — no more light-colored carpets spotted with food, wine and dirt stains. In addition, wood floors resist the build-up of pollen, dust and other allergens. In order to give it a long life, however, you do need to do some maintenance on your hardwood flooring. Middletown, NJ has great resources for finishes, cleaners and other maintenance options for hardwood flooring.

Hardwood floors are popular enough that simply adding them to your house can increase your home’s market value. From blond to reddish to deep chocolate tones, there is a wide variety of color options for hardwood floors. Light woods make a room appear brighter. Deeper tones have a warmer, more vintage feel.

In addition to choosing the color of the finish, you will need to decide which sort of wood is a good choice for your home. Softer wood species like pine can dent more easily, which can lead to a distressed look that some people find desirable, but others dislike. Harder woods such as oak or Brazilian walnut are more resilient, and are better choices for people with active families and rooms that see a lot of traffic. You can also choose floor boards in a wide range of widths, for a large array of different looks.

Things to Consider

It’s important to keep in mind that hardwood floors will periodically require re-staining and repair of scratches and dents. They are also not a good choice for any room that will be exposed to excessive moisture, or where the floors will become wet. However, if these limitations are not an issue for you, hardwood floors can give your home a rich, classic look.

For the best hardwood flooring that Middletown, NJ has to offer, look no further than Floor Coverings International. Our flooring experts will provide advice on the best type of hardwood flooring for Middletown, NJ homes and businesses, as well as maintenance instruction and advice.

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