Beautiful and long-lasting,
hardwood floors make an elegant choice for nearly any room in your home. When
choosing hardwood the color, character, and construction type are the important
factors to consider. Because of a great range of natural variations from boards
with extreme character, graining, and color variation to those that are evenly
colored and consistent lustrous hardwood can create a uniquely beautiful floor.
The color of hardwood floors range from quite light to intensely dark and
everything in between. As a rule lighter floors work well in contemporary settings
and darker floors are elegantly at home in more traditional rooms, choosing
is essentially a matter of preference. Naturally present in hardwood, grain
variations help determine a wood's "personality." Dramatic grain suggests a
rustic feeling. Historically moderate grain variations are associated with the
traditional and hardwood with very little graining has a sleek contemporary
There are many differences in finishes; gloss or luster level, scraping degree
and technique, wire-brushing, etc.… Ask our knowledgeable sales staff to show
you samples, click here for our showroom hours and
There are two basic choices solid or engineered. Solid planks are created
from a single piece of wood and make a handsome floor that lasts for years.
Engineered planks are made from several layers of wood (with a core of plywood
or high density fiberboard) and are designed to withstand higher levels of humidity.
Solid wood floors should not be used on a concrete slab as moisture will wick
up into the boards and cause cupping, seam separation, and warping making engineered
hardwood a better choice for most homes in Arizona.
Hardwood Flooring Manufacturers
Wood Flooring Types
- Engineered wood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.
- Solid wood is milled from a single piece of hardwood. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter-round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.
Care & Maintenance of Wood Flooring
- Do not use oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive
- Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
- Do not wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent,
or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping,
delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
- Do not use any type of buffing machine.
- Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For
tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette
marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe
with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment
(not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch
or dull the floor finish.
- Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.
- For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice
and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be
careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Use protective mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit,
and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that can otherwise
be tracked onto your flooring. Do not use rubber or foam backed plastic mats
as they may discolor the flooring. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl
Use floor protectors on furniture
Use floor protectors and wide-load-bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize
indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule the heavier the object
the wider the floor protector should be.
Maintain relative humidity level
Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45 and 65% throughout
the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood. Heating
Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to
low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
Non Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning
on your heating system can maintain humidity during the summer months. Avoid
excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
Avoid sharp objects
While your hardwood floor is one of the most wear resistant floors on the
market, sharp or pointed objects can damage it.
Watch your feet
Do not walk on your flooring with stiletto-style heels, spiked golf shoes,
or cleats. They may cause indentations in your flooring
Watch your pet's feet
Keep your pet's nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your flooring.
Rearrange your rugs and furniture
Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the flooring
to age evenly. UV sunlight will soften the tone of different species of hardwood
to varying degrees.