Types and Finishes of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has truly lasted the different trends throughout the years. You can use this type of flooring and create looks such as modern, classic, rustic, and many more. Hardwood flooring has always been a classic flooring choice, and the best part about this flooring type is all of the new finishes and types of hardwood in the market.

Hardwood Types: Solid, Engineered, and Cabin Grade

Solid hardwood is exactly what it sounds like, a solid piece of wood that may be stained or left natural. You can check the Janka Rating system to learn more about the different strength levels of solid hardwoods. Engineered hardwood has a layer of real hardwood on top of layers of “cross-laminated timber.”

A good quality cabin grade wood will produce a good-looking floor, but it will be more rustic and have more character than better grades of wood. In other words, it will have more light and dark boards, more mineral streaks, pin holes, and small knots holes. When purchasing cabin grade wood, you will need to purchase 15% extra material than the square footage you are covering.

Hardwood Finishes

All of the three different hardwood types come in a variety of finishes. Hardwood with a traditional finish has a smooth, classic look. Planks with a hand-scraped finish have a hand-hewn finish that gives the product extra texture and character. Hardwood flooring with a distressed finish has more of an aged or vintage look. The products also look a bit more marked up than hand-scraped planks.

Here are some images of the different hardwood finishes:

Hand-Scraped Finish

Traditional Finish


Distressed Finish

Check out all of our hardwood flooring collections.

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Thee Manor Luxury Hardwood


Thee Manor creates beautiful textured hardwood flooring that meticulously highlight the grain. Inspired by the century-old techniques found in Europe, Thee Manor’s premiere hardwood has a refined yet worn look that showcases each planks unique beauty. Carpet Express no longer carries Duchateau Hardwood. However, to offer our customers luxury hardwood, we are proud to introduce Thee Manor hardwood flooring.

Click here to see our collection of Thee Manor luxury hardwood.

Click here to see more engineered hardwood options.


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Mirage Hardwood Flooring


Mirage Hardwood is designed and manufactured in North America. The hardwood flooring is made of quality hardwood from certified, responsibly managed forests. Mirage uses hypoallergenic finishes that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde. The company wants to keep homes healthy for customers. Mirage Hardwood flooring is wear-resistant and durable because of the Nanolinx nanotechnology-based finished and the DuraMatt finish.

Click here to see our collection of Mirage Hardwood flooring.


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Azalea Lane

Azalea Lane flooring offers customers diverse hardwood collections that are affordable and beautiful. There are four different hardwood collections from Azalea Lane, which all feature timeless stain colors and varied species. Explore all of the collections to see which hardwood floor will bring out the beauty of your home.

Click here to see our collection of Azalea Lane hardwood flooring.


















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Mannington Raises Prices on Select Engineered Hardwood Products


Recently Mannington announced that it will be raising prices on select engineered hardwood products. The price increase will be from 5% to 7%. The price increase will be effective on shipments on July 1, 2016.

Click here to see our selection of Mannington hardwood flooring.

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Mullican Partners with HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

MullicanMullican Flooring has just announced that it will be partnering with HGTV’s top-rated show “Property Brothers” as the exclusive provider of hardwood flooring for the upcoming season. The new season will premiere later this month. Also, Mullican provided several of their solid and engineered flooring collections for seven episodes of the show’s fourth season, which aired last year.
Mullican’s products are diverse and perfect for renovation projects. Their hardwood collections feature wide widths and longer lengths, and the textured surfaces and exciting new colors will go well in any home.

Click here to see our collection of Mullican Flooring.

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From The Forest Launches The Freedom Collection

manufacture_100Image.ashxRecently, From The Forest has launched the Freedom Collection, which is a new line of engineered hardwood flooring. This new collection of hardwood flooring is available in a palette of designer colors that range from beige tones to brown hues. The Freedom Collection features 12 styles in a variety of wood species, which include red oak, white oak, hard maple, and hickory.
The core material construction is a dimensionally stable quarter sawn spruce stave core. From The Forest created the Freedom Collection to give its customers a broader range of color and style options for flooring. The company chose the colors for this collection with the intention that these colors will stay in style for at least the next five years or more. The company thinks that these colors will become classic colors, which can be used for many years to come.
The planks of the Freedom Collection have subtle knots and natural grain variation. The planks are protected by WearMax XT Ceramic Finish, which ensures durability and simplicity of maintenance. The planks measure 1/2″ x 5″ in width by 71.5″ in length.

Click here to see our collection of From The Forest flooring.


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World Environment Day!

world environment dayTaking care of the environment is one of the most important things we can do, and many of our carpet and hardwood manufacturers create environmentally friendly flooring. Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and IndusParquet are just a few of the manufacturers who create products that help the environment.
Shaw Industries has many environmentally friendly products, which are Cradle to Cradle certified. Cradle to Cradle focuses on designing so that waste is never an option. Cradle to Cradle creates products that will be deconstructed and recycled back into their original materials over and over again. Here are some of Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certified products: Anso Type 6 Nylon fiber, Eco Solution Type 6 nylon fiber, EcoWorx carpet tile backing, EcoWorx Broadloom, EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing, Zeftron Nylon fiber, and Epic hardwood. cradle to cradle

Anso nylon carpets are some of Shaw’s most popular green products. All of the carpets and area rugs made from Anso nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility. Evergreen enables Shaw to recycle post-consumer carpet back into new carpet over and over again.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw Anso Nylon carpets.


Another Shaw carpet fiber that helps the environment is the ClearTouch fiber. ClearTouch carpets are made of PET plastic from recycled soda and water bottles. ClearTouch carpets are very soft, and they also help reduce plastic bottle waste. ClearTouch PET carpets contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and the ClearTouch Platinum carpets contain a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw ClearTouch carpets. clear touch
Another Shaw product that helps the environment is the Shaw Epic hardwood collection. This engineered hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring.

Click here to read more about Shaw Epic hardwood.


Mohawk SmartStrand carpets are also green products. The SmartStrand fiber is made in part with annually renewable plant-based materials that minimize the usage of limited natural resources. Using renewable plant-based materials allows Mohawk to reduce energy consumption. SmartStrand carpets are durable, beautiful, and beneficial to the environment.

Click here to see our collection of Mohawk SmartStrand carpets.


Armstrong is another manufacturer who helps out the environment by practicing sustainable forest management. They also help reduce the impact of logging practices. The majority of wood that Armstrong uses in their domestic hardwood flooring is sourced from the Appalachian hardwood region, where the growth rate is an average 2+ trees for every tree harvested. Also, their engineered hardwood flooring is certified as a low-emitting (low VOC) wood product.

Click here to see our collection of Armstrong hardwood. armstrong

IndusParquet is another hardwood manufacturer that focuses on helping the environment. IndusParquet operates in compliance of government regulations, assuring that the natural resources used in the production of IndusParquet products are manufactured efficiently with minimum impact on the environment. The timber harvest in Brazil is strictly controlled by the government, and the harvest is limited to a maximum of eight trees per 3/4 acre. Endangered trees and trees that provide food for animals are preserved. They are not allowed to be harvested. Also, every tree that is harvested is tagged with an ID code that stays with the tree throughout the manufacturing process.
In addition, IndusParquet has adopted a zero waste policy. 100% of all the wood that enters the factory is used. IndusParquet also owns three vast reforestation plantations to help assure a sustainable resource. Make sure to look for the “Made in Brazil” mark for exotic wood flooring made to protect and preserve the environment.

Click here to see our collection of IndusParquet hardwood. indusparquet

These are only a few of the manufacturers who have programs and production methods to help the environment. If you would like to know more information, please check out each manufacturer page or leave us a comment below. You can also call us at 1-800-922-5582 for more information.

I hope everyone has a wonderful World Environment Day!go_green_happy_world_environment_day_1070788833.jpg

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Armstrong and Bruce Hardwood Specials!

We offer many great Armstrong and Bruce hardwood flooring, but here are some of our top selling specials! We have three wonderful Armstrong hardwood flooring, which are made of oak, red oak, or hickory. The three different hardwood products have colors that range from light, medium, dark, and even some grey. The products are called Hickory Ridge, Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped, and Monticello Plank. The Hickory Ridge flooring has 5″ wide planks. Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped has 3.25″ wide planks, and Monticello Plank has 3″ wide planks. hickory ridge
The Hickory Ridge hardwood from Armstrong is a distressed engineered hardwood. This flooring was created to capture the beauty and diversity of the American landscape, and then bring that beauty into your home. Hickory Ridge is available in ten gorgeous colors, and any of the colors would look great in your home or business. frontier
Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped is a hand-scraped solid oak collection from Armstrong that has a width of 3.25″. The subtle hand-scraped finish and the double stained grain, make this hardwood a beautiful choice for any home. In addition, it is available in five great colors, and it has an Armstrong Lifetime Finish. Also, this hardwood is made of oak. monticello
The Monticello Plank is a smooth, highly abrasion-resistant engineered hardwood that is made of red oak. This hardwood flooring is available in six nice colors, and they have a satin-smooth finish. The eased edges and ends accent the individuality of each plank, which are 3″ wide. Monticello Plank will look nice in any home or business.
All three of these Armstrong hardwoods are available in great colors and at affordable prices!

We also have two wonderful Bruce hardwood flooring, which are made of oak or hickory. American Home Series is one of the Bruce flooring options, and it is available in 3.25″ wide planks. It is made of oak and it comes in a nice medium wood color. It is a traditional solid hardwood, which has a urethane finish. american home series
The other Bruce hardwood is called Bruce 2.25″ Hickory, which is a solid traditional hardwood that has 2.25″ wide planks. This product has a Dura-Luster Urethane finish, and it is available in three gorgeous colors. bruce 2.25
Both of these Bruce hardwood are available in great colors and at affordable prices!
Armstrong and Bruce hardwood flooring are great for any home or business.

Click here to see Hickory Ridge.
Click here to see Frontier Oak Soft Scraped.
Click here to see Monticello Plank.
Click here to see American Home Series.
Click here to see Bruce 2.25″ Hickory.

Click here to see more hardwood flooring.

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Spring Sale 2015!

spring sale!

Spring is the perfect time to start new home improvement projects, such as ripping out that old flooring and putting in something new! Carpet Express is offering store-wide savings on April 13th to April 20th. You can get great deals on many of our products online, over the phone, or in stores! We sell a wide variety of carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, and more!

Also, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we will be serving hot dogs, chips, and drinks during lunch for our customers. Stop by and get a hot dog and check out our great flooring deals!

Both of our store locations will be open on Saturday!!!!

Here are the addresses:

915 Market St.
Dalton, GA 30720

3068 North Dug Gap Road
Dalton, GA 30720

Click here for detailed directions to our two store locations.

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