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

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Mirage Hardwood Flooring

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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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Congrats Mullican!

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Congratulations to Mullican for 30 years in business, and we are excited to see what beautiful solid and engineered hardwood flooring that they make next!

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As Seen In “42”

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Shaw creates beautiful carpet and hardwood flooring. Two of their great products were  featured in the movie “42,” which focuses on the life of Jackie Robinson and his journey to Major League Baseball. Beautiful flooring is essential in movies, but it is great to see such nice products in an inspirational movie.
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“42” used Shaw’s Golden Opportunity 2 1/4″ 4s in color Rustic Natural. Golden Opportunity was used in multiple key scenes in the movie, and it was also featured in Robinson’s home. This product is a solid hardwood flooring and it is made from red oak.
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Another Shaw product used in the film was Sandy Hollow III 12′ in the color Blue Suede. Sandy Hollow III is made of 100% Anso Nylon, and the face weight is 58.5 oz.  This carpet also has the R2x stain treatment and Softbac Platinum backing.

We have both of these great products on our website. If you enjoyed seeing these floors in the movie, well now you can have these floors in your own home.

Click here to see Golden Opportunity.
Click here to see Sandy Hollow III.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw Hardwood.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw Carpet.

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Cabin Grade Wood

cabin grade“Cabin grade”or “tavern grade” wood is an excellent choice when purchasing new hardwood flooring. Cabin grade is basically the same wood as 1st quality, which means it is the same species, it is milled to the same specifications, and it is stained the same color. The only difference is that cabin grade wood was called or rejected from the 1st quality run for a variety of reasons.

The most common reasons are mineral streaks and knot holes, which can give the floor a more rustic look. Many customers prefer this rustic look to the color consistency in many 1st quality styles. There may also be more short boards in a box of cabin grade material. Most wood flooring is purchased in random lengths, and you will find more boards that are 9” to 18” in a box of cabin grade than you would in a typical 1st quality box. Other irregularities found in cabin grade may include missing tongues, over wood, or an uneven finish. In addition, certain manufacturers are known to have cleaner cabin grade wood than others, and they have a 5 year finish warranty on many of their cabin grade flooring.

Installing cabin grade wood is more challenging, and you should purchase 15% to 20% extra material to allow your installer to use only the most uniform boards from each box. Keep in mind that cabin-grade is engineered, and when you see “tavern-grade” it means it  is solid hardwood.

Click here to see our selection of cabin grade hardwood flooring.

Click here to see our selection of Mohawk hardwood.

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Armstrong Announces Freight Rate Increase

armstrongOn December 1, 2014, Armstrong will initiate an average five percent increase to its freight programs for commercial and residential floor products. Record amounts of freight and a continued, national driver shortage have affected supply and demand balances, which have caused significant inflationary pressures on transportation networks despite the moderation in fuel costs.

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Herringbone Flooring

If you want to do something creative with hardwood flooring but you do not want to use the chevron pattern, then there are other great herringbone flooring patterns. Herringbone flooring is a traditional floor pattern from Europe. This flooring pattern can be seen in many European homes old and new.

This type of flooring is installed piece by piece in different arrangements, and you can use a border or not during installation. In addition, herringbone flooring can be designed parallel to the wall or diagonally. This style of flooring looks the best when the points of the floorboards run in the longest direction of the room or towards a focal point. If you install the flooring diagonally, you will use more flooring.

For the best results, herringbone flooring should be glued down or nailed down. You can do a single pattern or a double pattern with this flooring, and the only difference is that the double pattern uses four planks instead of two for the pattern. The pattern itself does not evenly meet like chevron flooring does. You can also do the diagonal pattern. Each of these three patterns are illustrated below:

Diagonal Diagonal Herringbone parquet

Single     Single Herringbone parquet with 2 block border

Double    Double Herringbone parquet

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

 

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Armstrong Increases Price of Select Solid and Engineered Hardwood

manufacture_34On June 9, 2014, Armstrong is going to start a 4-10% price increase on select solid and engineered hardwood products. The price increase is effective in the United States and Canada. Also, they are raising the prices on these products to deal with the increased cost of raw materials. Since December 2013, the lumber costs have continued to escalate, so Armstrong has increased the prices to be able to still give the customer an innovative and quality product.

Click here to see our collection of Armstrong hardwood.

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

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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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