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Choosing Wood Flooring that is Best for Your Home

Leawood Hardwood Floor InstallWhen it comes to choosing wood flooring for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. From style and personal preference to budget, you need to find a wood floor species that will match these areas and stay true to your preferences. SVB Wood Floors in Kansas City breaks down a few of the more popular looks and feels.

Open & Airy Styled Rooms

With over 50 species of wood available to homeowners, finding one that reflects your style is important. If your style room is one that is open and airy, light woods would be your go-to. These types of wood species include ash and maple.

Cozy & Warm Feel for a Room

Another popular feel that many homeowners have in their homes in one that is cozy and warm. Medium styled wood species are the most likely to bring this feel. Hickory and oak are a few of the species that do a great job in bringing this feeling to the home.

A Stately & Refined Room

A third look that homeowners like for their homes is one that is stately and refined. The types of woods that reflect this are often dark woods such as walnut or mahogany.

The Durability of Hardwood Flooring

According to the National Wood Flooring Association, an association that SVB Wood Floors is a part of, once you decide on a style of flooring, it is important to look at how your flooring will be used throughout the upcoming years. “Are you a retired couple living alone, or a busy family with young children and pets? Each wood species is rated for its hardness and durability using something called a Janka scale.”

Once you have the style of wood floor and durability determined, you are ready to move on in the wood flooring process. Choosing a look and feel for your home shouldn’t be too difficult, especially with these helpful tips. For a free in-home estimate, give us a call today at (913)213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.

 

Engineered or Solid Wood: Which is Right for Your Home?

Photo of a hardwood flooring installation by SVB Wood Floors.How do you choose the type of wood that is installed in your home? This comes down to the area or room in your house where you want to install it. Both engineered and solid wood floors are environmentally friendly because they are both made out of real wood. So what exactly is the difference? SVB Wood Floors in KC explain the difference.

Engineered Wood Floors in Kansas City Homes

This type of hardwood flooring is manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers. These veneers are made out of real wood and can be of different or the same wood species; the top layer typically uses the highest quality. Engineered wood floors are considered to be very stable because the grains of each layer of wood run perpendicular to each other. What does this mean? Engineered wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring when the weather and humidity in your area change.

So where can engineered wood floors be installed? They can be used anywhere throughout the house. But because this type of flooring can be nailed, stapled, or glued down it makes for an ideal slab and basement installation. Also, it is less prone to warping so it does better in humid or moist areas like lower levels. Keep in mind that because this flooring has a shallow top layer, it can only be sanded and refinished a few times.

Is Solid Wood Flooring a Better Fit?

What is solid wood flooring? It is exactly as it sounds, a solid piece of wood that can vary in thickness. Unlike engineered wood floors, this type of flooring can only be used in rooms that are above ground. The areas in your home that would be ideal for solid wood flooring are your family or living room, bedrooms, kitchen, and dining room. An added benefit to choosing wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times.

Give SVB Wood Floors a call today for a free in-home estimate on engineered or solid wood flooring today!