Natural hardwood flooring is a time-honored tradition for many of us is beloved by history buffs and homemakers alike. An excellent choice for many, hardwood flooring adds beauty and value, as well as lasting durability. Although there are many stunning hardwood imposters on today’s market, it’s true: nothing is quite like luxurious, genuine hardwood floors. Still, hardwood flooring isn’t always your perfect fit, depending on your budget, space, or functional needs. However, if properly installed and situated, your hardwood floor will hold its beauty, enduring for generations.
At Modern Carpet One Floor & Home in Annapolis, Maryland, we have a passion for smarter flooring solutions, and with our extensive design and installation expertise, we promise you’ll feel great about every flooring investment.
Hardwood flooring never goes out of style. Whether you’re looking to stay on top of the latest trends, or are drawn towards the classics, there are many options for you to explore. You’ll find them all here: from traditional planks with natural wood knotting and mineral streaks shining through, as well as more modern planks with a more pristine surface and straighter grains. We even carry wide plank flooring that can help elevate and achieve both rustic and modern looks alike. The boards come in 5” to 12” wide options to give you the best style for your home. All of these are available in an array of sizes and finishes.
Both solid and engineered hardwood flooring is offered up in many different tree species. We carry hardwood flooring that’s both domestic and exotic. Among our many popular options are flooring made from white oak, red oak, hickory, walnut, and ash. Each hardwood species performs differently, offering its respective grains, hardness levels, and tones.
Solid hardwood flooring is just what it sounds like: a solid, single piece of hardwood plank. A beautiful tradition, solid hardwood, is the original form of this popular flooring and brings significant value to your home. It can be refinished multiple times throughout its lifetime. However, it shouldn’t be installed below grade and doesn’t fare well when exposed to excessive moisture. Engineered hardwood provides a solution to these challenges. Built-in durable layers that are pressed together in cross-grain fashion, engineered hardwood is much denser and can go below grade. It can also tolerate more moisture. However, no hardwood should be installed in a bathroom.
Hardwood flooring fares best in low-moisture interiors, such as bedrooms and living rooms. Engineered hardwoods offer a bit more flexibility in spaces like finished basements and attics.
Natural wood floors are porous and tend to absorb moisture from the air. They’ll also soak up spills if you don’t clean them up right away. When humidity levels are too high, your wood floor panels will swell and warp. Hardwood planks that have experienced too much humidity can buckle and cup. It’s also a problem if your air is too dry. Extra dry air will cause the planks to shrink and gap, which allows dirt and debris to escape between the floorboards. The planks can also become brittle and more prone to splitting and cracking. You should aim to keep your humidity levels between 35%-55%. Try to avoid sudden fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity. You can use a hydrometer to help measure this, along with a humidifier in dryer seasons, and a dehumidifier in the humid months. Dehumidifiers in the basement can also help protect your subfloor on upper levels.
As members of Carpet One Floor & Home, the nation’s largest co-op of independent flooring stores, we can call on the powers of over a thousand other vendors to offer unmatched purchasing power, combined with local expertise. We carry many of the leading hardwood brands, including Rustic River, Armstrong, Voyager, and Invincible. To learn more or to check out our latest hardwood displays, visit us soon at 1901 West Street in Annapolis, MD or start browsing our hardwood flooring selection online today.
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Keeping hardwood looking its best is not a huge chore. We can help give you the tips and tricks of maintaining it for years.
Do you want to learn more about each hardwood species? Click below to get the details on a few different species available today.
Our hardwood flooring arrives with some added reassurance each time, thanks to our incredible product warranties. With this added protection, you need not worry about what tomorrow might bring.