Hardwood floors continue to stand out as one of our most popular flooring surfaces. Our experts at Floor Coverings International NW Dallas have been successfully installing Carrollton hardwood floors for years. If you’re interested in hardwood flooring for your home, read below to get started on your search.

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Solid hardwood or Engineered Hardwood

The first thing you should consider is whether you want solid hardwood floors or engineered hardwood floors. Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood. It can be sanded down and refinished over and over. This allows it to endure for decades. Because solid hardwood is a natural product, it will expand and contract with changes in moisture and humidity.

Engineered hardwood continues to grow in popularity because of its versatility and environmental footprint.   It’s constructed of several layers of hardwood plies sealed together in a cross-grain arrangement. Unlike solid wood, engineered wood isn’t vulnerable to humidity changes and won’t suffer from buckling and cupping. Engineered hardwood also uses fewer trees than solid hardwood.

Hardwood Species

A combination of factors will help you select the right hardwood species for your home. Two main factors are look and hardness. Different species will have distinctive grain patterns and colors. Hardwood flooring colors run a wide range, from blonde to black.

If you expect a lot of wear and tear on your floors, choose a harder wood species. Red oak and maple are two popular species because of high hardness ratings. Yellow pine has a low hardness score.

For more specific information about wood hardness ratings, you can refer to the Janka hardness test.


There are a few other factors to consider when choosing hardwood for your home, like board width and sub-flooring. Our experts at Floor Coverings International NW Dallas are ready and waiting to answer questions about those topics and more. Give us a call today! We serve the Carrollton, Irving areas.


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