Everything You Need to Know About Hardwood Floors

One of the most popular flooring options due to their durability, beauty and ability to transcend trends and still remain fashionable, hardwood floors are the gold standard of the home flooring world. Whether your house has a traditional feel to it or is ultra sleek and modern, hardwood floors go with just about anything!

But before you take the first step toward installing hardwood floors, here are a few things you should probably know about them!

Types of Hardwood Floors

Solid Hardwood

Made purely from a block of wood, solid hardwood is usually 3/4th of an inch thick, making it robust and durable in the long run. Hardwood floors provide warmth, authenticity and timelessness to your house and can be sanded down and refinished as often as required!

Solid hardwood planks can expand and contract due to temperature and humidity changes and as such are not recommended for kitchens, laundry rooms and basements.

We, at Signature Flooring & Interior, work with only the best manufacturers and use 100% hardwood to create all our floors. We guarantee the legitimacy of the wood we use and promise you that the investment will always be well worth the expense.

Engineered Hardwood

Made of multiple layers, engineered hardwood typically has a thin layer of 100% natural hardwood on top and bottom, sandwiching 3 to 7 layers of plywood between them. Because of the small amount of natural hardwood used, this type of flooring is typically cheaper and easier to install, but may not look as beautiful or authentic as solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood does not expand or contract, and is safe for installation in all parts of the house.

engineered hardwood

Types of Wood Species

The most common of wood species used for residential floors include oak and maple, whereas more exotic options may even include tamarind, acacia and jarrah. Here’s a list of possible options:

  1. American Cherry
  2. Ash
  3. Hickory
  4. Beech
  5. Maple
  6. Birch
  7. Red Oak
  8. White Oak
  9. Yellow Pine
  10. Walnut
  11. Yellow Birch
  12. Yellow Pine
  13. African Teak
  14. Brazilian Cherry
  15. Brazilian Walnut
  16. Tigerwood
  17. Merbau, and many more

Types of Finishes

Site Finish

Giving homeowners a lot more control over the shade and hue of their hardwood floors, site finishing involves experts with a high level of skill to come over and finish your floor after it has been installed. While more versatile and unique, site finishes use a lot of volatile organic chemicals which can be harmful for humans and the environment.

Factory Finished

Both cheaper and better for health and the environment, factory finished floors may be less versatile but are easier and quicker to install. Once the floor has been set, it is capable of being used almost immediately, something you can’t get with site finished floors.

Get in Touch With Us for Highly Versatile, Durable Hardwood Floors

We work with the best wood manufacturers to bring you high-quality hardwood flooring designs. We also offer solid installations and can even create custom designs based on your preferences!

Visit our showroom in Melville, NY or call us at (631)-547-8888 for custom designed tiles, carpets and wood floor installations.

Showroom Hours:
Mon to Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Summer Schedule:
Close Sundays in July and August
Signature Flooring and Interior
707 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY, 11747

Phone: (631)-547-8888
Cell: (917)-498-7342
Email: signature1@optonline.net

Service Areas:
We currently provide our services in Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Green Lawn, Huntington, Huntington Station, North Port, Port Jefferson, Suffolk County, West Islip and nearby areas.