Hardwood & Engineered Hardwood Flooring

The breakdown of two premier flooring options.

The Joys of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring lends peerless beauty—not to mention real warmth and character—to any home, and does so while remaining sturdy and durable in the face of years of heavily trammeled use.

Wood flooring comes in two basic varieties: solid wood and engineered wood. The planks or strips of solid-wood flooring derive from single pieces of wood. Engineered-wood flooring, by contrast, is a composite, often made with hardwood-veneered plywood or fiberboard topped with a laminate that mimics real wood. Because of its multilayered, cross-ply design, engineered wood—which can be installed as a floating floor in addition to being attached directly to the subfloor or underlayment—doesn’t warp much with shifting humidity, so it’s a good choice for damper rooms like basements. One advantage of solid-wood flooring, meanwhile, is its greater thickness: You can sand down and refinish it numerous times, restoring its texture and luster over and over again. It’s worth noting, however, that today’s high-quality finishes can really stand the test of time: These days, refinishing needn’t be a frequent chore.

Among the many benefits of hardwood flooring is the diversity of patterns, textures, and colors you can choose from. Whether as a solid plank or a veneer, the natural grain of hardwood makes for stunning décor. Oak, maple, cherry, hickory, ash—each hardwood type offers its own unique look based on the color of its heartwood and sapwood, the relative tightness of the grain, the conspicuousness of the rays, and other characteristics.

These features also vary, of course, based on how the wood’s been lumbered and otherwise processed. Depending on the look you’re going for and cost considerations, you can select among multiple grades of wood. These include clear (mostly derived from heartwood and generally uniform in color and grain), select (more variation in hue with a combination of heartwood and sapwood), No. 1 Common (with varying color and pronounced character via burls, knots, and other marks), and No. 2 Common (the most “rustic”-looking, encompassing the wood’s full range of color and character differences). The manner of the wood’s cut—plainsawn vs. quartersawn vs. riftsawn—also influences its appearance. And then of course there’s the type and method of finish you use, giving you the option of highlighting the grain, enhancing or modifying the color, and maintaining more or less of a sheen to your flooring.

Gorgeous and long-lasting, hardwood flooring enhances any home. And with the broad spectrum of hues and patterns established by different species, grades, and cuts of wood, there’s an option for just about any setting and ambience. 

Located in Casper, Cheyenne, and Laramie, WY - Carpet One Floor and Home would love to discuss hardwood floors and answer any questions you may have on the product. Visit us today, or give us a call at 307-215-5726.