Hardwood Flooring

Everything you need to know about hardwood flooring When it comes to choosing a surface for residential or commercial floors, hardwood flooring is a very popular option. This short introduction to hardwood floors is designed to answer all your questions about the many options available to you when selecting a hardwood floor.

What is hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring is a flooring surface where strips of hardwood are adhered to a subsurface such as plywood or concrete slab to create a stable and aesthetically pleasing floor. Hardwood flooring is made of timber from hardwood trees such as oak, maple, hickory, birch, cherry, walnut and other species. The strength of the wood provides a durable surface that may last for years. Hardwood flooring may be finished with a wide variety of stains and textures. Hardwood flooring can finish on site after installation or can be ordered prefinished where the finish is already on the wood prior to installation

What are the benefits of hardwood flooring?

When compared to carpet – the other most common flooring surface – hardwood flooring offers significant benefits:

• Cleaning. Hardwood floors are considerably easier to clean than carpet and are more resistant to spills and stains.
• Durability. While carpet must be frequently replaced, durable hardwood floors are designed to last a lifetime.
• Adaptable. Hardwood flooring complements any décor.
• Air quality. Hardwood flooring offers greater protection from allergens, dander, pollen and other matter that can reduce air quality and plague allergy sufferers.
• Aesthetics. Hardwood flooring adds elegance and a clean look to any home.
• Improved acoustics. Hardwood flooring makes for a more acoustically pleasing space.
• Cost-effectiveness. While the initial installation of hardwood flooring may be more costly than carpet, the longevity of wood flooring makes it a more cost-effective choice over time.

What is wide plank hardwood flooring?

Wide plank hardwood flooring is simply a hardwood floor made from boards that are wider than traditional commercial floorboards. While commercial boards range from 2¼” to 3” in width, wide plank flooring comes in widths of 4” to 20” or more. The visual difference is significant. Commercial flooring has hundreds of seams that produce a very busy look and that virtually obliterate the personality and grain of the timber. Wide plank flooring, on the other hand, preserves the distinctive grain patterns of the hardwood and produces a more pleasing, harmonious look that can transform a room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change the color of my hardwood flooring?

Yes. Many hardwood floors may be sanded to strip the existing sealant and stain and then resealed and stained with a different color. The ability to do this may depend on how many times this has been done to the floor previously and the actual structure of the floor. More commercial grades of engineered flooring may not provide a thick enough wear layer for resanding.

What is unfinished wood flooring?

Unfinished hardwood flooring, such as unfinished White Oak flooring, is simply a floor that has been installed but not yet sealed or stained. The stain and finish is then applied after installation

What is prefinished wood flooring?

Prefinished flooring uses floorboards that have previously been sealed and stained before installation. Installing prefinished hardwood flooring can help to speed installation and make maintenance easier, as the manufacturer can use stronger and longer-lasting sealants in the factory than installers can use in the home.

How do I know where to buy hardwood flooring?

There are many vendors selling hardwood flooring – your local home supply store will likely carry a wide variety of commercial floorboards. For wide plank flooring, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is the leading producer of one-of-a-kind floors that can be customized to your needs.

Any suggestions on how to clean hardwood flooring?

Hardwood floors are best cleaned with a mild solution of vinegar and water. To avoid water damage, it’s best to avoid letting pools of water sit on the surface of the floor. However, it is important to check with the manufacturer of the flooring to understand the cleaning solution they recommend as some finish require very specific solutions.

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

s opposed to solid hardwood flooring, where each board is made of a single piece of wood, engineered wood flooring uses strips of wood that are made of several layers of material to provide a more stable and durable floor for rooms and situations where temperature and humidity may vary. The top layer of an engineered hardwood floor looks the same as a solid hardwood floor – it’s a veneer of hardwood that can be finished and stained to virtually any color. The layers below it may be hardwood, plywood or fiberboard. Engineered hardwood flooring is typically less expensive than solid wood flooring.

Ways to customize your hardwood flooring or wide plank flooring.

At Carlisle your hardwood flooring or wide plank flooring can be easily customized to match the decor of any room and to create a distinctive and unforgettable appearance.

What wood works best? – Hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of woods – from lighter species like ash, brown maple or white maple to medium-toned woods like birch, hickory, white oak and red oak to darker woods like cherry and walnut. Grain patterns and color can vary dramatically, and certain hardwoods may be more dense. A hardwood specialist can help you determine which type of hardwood flooring will best meet your needs and match your design aesthetic.

The personality in the grade – Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of grades – rustic hardwood flooring will have more knots and grain texture, while a more elegant grade, such as Carlisle’s Heirloom Grade, will have more consistency in patterns and fewer variations and knots.

Pick a color – A hardwood floor can be stained to almost any color, from light floors that add a sense of a breeziness to a room to dark wood flooring that have a more dramatic feel.

Texture make new floors look old – Distressing hardwood boards can add texture and personality to a floor. Watermill marks, Hit or Miss marking, and Hand-Scraped Edges give new boards the appearance of wood that was cut and milled 100 years in the past, while and Brushed, Footworn and Timeworn techniques give distressed wood flooring an aged and weathered look that adds dimension and visual appeal.

Why choose Carlisle wide plank hardwood flooring?

Carlisle represents the very best in wide plank hardwood flooring. We have been creating extraordinary works of art for exceptional homes since 1966, and every Carlisle floor is truly a unique masterpiece that is a full expression of the homeowner’s sense of style and beauty. We not only offer hardwood flooring in a remarkable range of woods, textures, colors and grades, but we deliver unparalleled service and expert guidance at every step to make the process of creating a wide plank floor a truly pleasurable experience. Our forest-to-floor ethic ensures sustainability and allows us to preserve natural resources while producing true works of flooring art. And our commitment to perfection ensures that your Carlisle custom wood floors will enhance your home for many years.