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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Fall Sale 2014


This week is our annual Fall Sale. The sale starts on Monday September 8th and it ends on Saturday September 13th. Both store locations will be open Monday through Saturday. Different specials will be appearing all week online and in stores. We will have some wonderful deals on our Carpet Express Showcase collections on soft carpet, vinyl, hardwood, etc. We have five different styles of ultra soft carpet in our collection.

If you happen to stop by or drive by the Connector 3 location, you will see a unique display showcasing some of our soft carpet. Feel free to stop by and take a picture or get your picture made with the neat display. In addition, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, both store locations will be serving some delicious grilled hot dogs.











We also have a 10% discount off all of our showcase collections. The promo code is: FALLSALE

Click here to see the soft carpet in our Carpet Express Showcase Collection.

Click here to see all of the products in our Carpet Express Showcase Collection.

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Wide Plank Flooring

Wide plank wood flooring allows the home to have a beautiful aged look because of the knots and areas of open grain in the wood. Solid hardwood has the most options of wide plank flooring, but engineered and laminate wide plank flooring are also great choices. The best feature of wide plank flooring is that you are not limited. Solid hardwood options range from pine, oak, walnut, Brazilian cherry, and many more. Engineered hardwood and laminate can go into rooms where solid hardwood is not recommended, and the rooms that do not need solid hardwood are basements and bathrooms.

Click here to see our hardwood flooring.

Click here to see our laminate.

Click here to see our Janka Hardness chart, which is used to measure the capacity of different species of wood to withstand pressure.

    Here are some of the wide plank flooring options that are trending right now:


  • Hand-scraped           

  • Distressed                 

  • Mixed width              

  • Laminate                    


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