What to consider when shopping for hardwood flooring

There’s nothing as elegant as wood flooring! It has a classic, timeless beauty and is versatile enough to suit any decor, from traditional to contemporary, cottage, California coastal, and more. It also lasts for decades, sometimes up to 100 years, and adds value to your property.

First, decide if you want what version you want

Most of us are familiar with solid hardwood, but another engineered wood is taking a significant industry share. It appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. Either version enables you to have your oak, maple, hickory of species-of-choice floors. Solid, however, is one thickness throughout, while engineered has three or more layers underneath, made of wood with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position. If you'd like to explore samples, feel free to come into our showroom when you are shopping for hardwood in Silver City, NM.

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What about style?

Whatever color you choose should harmonize with your overall decor, but also think about things like plank width or whether you want domestic or exotic wood. Harvested within North America, domestics tend to be warmer and more traditional. Some, like white oak or hickory, are harder than others. Exotic woods are harvested from Brazil, Indonesia, Africa, and Southeast Asia and are all very hard, dark, and dramatic.

Do you want pre-finished (factory) floors or on-site finishing?

Many people prefer pre-finished because they know right away what they are getting and can start coordinating even before the floors arrive. In addition, some feel that pre-finished floors are a little more durable since a commercial-grade finish, not available for use in households, is applied. They also like that there’s no mess or odor to clean up.

On-site, however, offers a greater range of colors and sheen. This makes many feel as though they have more control over the look of the floor. The floors are also a little smoother since they're usually sanded between coats, and this is when you should discuss whether to go with an oil, water-based, or polyurethane finish.

From our well stocked warehouse to our friendly, experienced staff, we have the right team to help you through every step of the flooring process. Come into the Armstrong Floor & Wall showroom in Silver City, NM to find your perfect hardwood flooring and get a free quote. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around Silver City, NM, Deming, NM, Lordsburg, NM, Cliff, NM, Mimbres, NM, Silver City, NM, Deming, NM, Lordsburg, NM && Cliff, NM.