Facts about hardwood flooring

Wood floors have a rich, natural beauty that can instantly step up the appearance of your home with a classic, versatile style that works with any decor. There are hundreds of species from which to choose, whether it's a domestic wood like oak, maple, hickory, walnut, or cherry or an exotic wood like tigerwood or Brazilian cherry. These floors have a lot more benefits, some of which might be little-known, so here's what to know before making your selection at our Pelham, GA floor company.

Two types of hardwood

There’s both solid and engineered wood flooring, with the latter choice taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry. While solid is one thickness throughout, engineered has a layered construction that makes it stable and better able to handle water. Simply, it appeals to those who want beauty but also have a practical bent. On the surface, they both look similar; engineered has a top layer (called the veneer layer) with the quirky knots, growth rings, swirls, and gorgeous undertones of birch hickory floors or whatever your species-of-choice is. Underneath, however, are at least three or more layers of genuine wood combined with resin and placed in a crosswise position. The result is a floor that can be refinished, adds value to the property, and can be placed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas.

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They last for decades

While engineered floors last over 40 years, solid hardwood flooring has a lifespan of up to 100 years. So when they start to look worn or extensively scratched, refinishing is usually all it takes to bring them back to luster unless there's structural damage. That translates, especially in the case of solid wood, to too little or no replacement costs.

Both are relatively easy to take care of with a soft broom or vacuum without beater bars (rotating brushes easily removed.) Employ simply everyday care, such as wiping spills as soon as possible, polishing when needed, placing mats strategically at entrances, keeping pet nails trimmed, and using protective furniture pads to avoid scratches.

Want to know more about hardwood flooring maintenance? Read the hardwood maintenance guide on our website to learn how to keep your wood floors gleaming. Then come into our showroom in Pelham, GA, explore our inventory, make your selection, get a free quote and end up with a quality, craftsman-like installation. Town Country Carpets works with homeowners and businesses in and around Pelham, GA, Cotton, GA, Meigs, GA, Camilla, GA, Hinsonton, GA, Sale City, GA, Hartsfield, GA && Branchville, GA.