Hardwood flooring continues to be one of the most popular flooring choices among homeowners in the greater West Metro Atlanta area. Its natural beauty and classic design make it a timeless choice for any home décor and with the number of species available, you’ll be sure to find the right hardwood for your tastes.
With the abundance of hardwood and wood-look alternatives available today, it can be a challenge to know which option is best for you. Thankfully, our team at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta is here to help you sort through it all and make the best decision for your needs. Below, we discuss what you should know about solid hardwood flooring and the benefits it has to offer.
What is Solid Hardwood Flooring?
As its name suggests, solid hardwood flooring consists of individual pieces of solid wood that are milled and cut into flooring planks. Hardwood alternatives are typically comprised of different materials and may not use natural wood at all. Engineered hardwood, for example, is made of layers of fiberboard with a thin layer of natural wood on top, whereas laminate floors are topped with a printed wood-like finish.
Why Choose Solid Planks?
When most people imagine hardwood floors, solid planks are typically what come to mind due to their popularity. The solid planks provide some of the most durable home floor coverings. Depending on the wood species you choose, it can take several years before your floors require refinishing. Solid hardwood flooring is one of the few materials that can be sanded and refinished, and their thickness also means they can last a lifetime with regular maintenance and resurfacing. A testament to hardwood’s durability, some homeowners choose to reclaim old hardwood from old buildings or factories to repurpose into new flooring.
Like any flooring material, solid hardwood flooring comes with its limitations, typically dictated by moisture and humidity. Solid hardwood planks are known to warp and buckle in below-grade basements, or areas with frequent exposure to moisture such as bathrooms.
For environmentally minded homeowners, solid hardwood planks are not always the most eco-friendly choice. Because trees aren’t involved in the manufacturing process, some homeowners will opt for a wood alternative like luxury vinyl plank or wood-look tile.
Your Local Hardwood Flooring Experts
Learn more about solid hardwood flooring by calling your local hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta today. Serving the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna are with quality flooring, expert advice, and professional installation, we’re dedicated to helping home and business owners find the perfect flooring for their needs. Schedule your free design consultation and estimate and get started on your next flooring project today!