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Choosing the right hardwood is the most critical flooring decision you can make for a home. 

8 key decisions to make when choosing a hardwood floor

  1. Species of Wood

    The species of wood is perhaps the most critical design choice with hardwood flooring because it will establish the grain and visual appearance of the wood. Species like Red Oak, White Oak, Ash and Hickory will have a more impactful visual while species like Birch, Beech and Maple will have a quieter appearance. One advantage of the woods with more grain is that they will reduce the appearance of dents and scratches.

  2. Country of Origin

    At Emporium Carpet and Flooring we strongly believe the best floor for your home is one that is made in Canada. Firstly wood flooring made in Canada supports our economy. Secondly no one else makes a floor like Canadians do. Chinese made hardwood flooring in many instances has a whole host of problems including too many VOC’s, toxic chemicals used in the finish, top coat brittleness, improper drying, short lengths and poor colour consistency. These problems don’t happen with Canadian brands. There have been people all over North America getting sick from exposure to offshore hardwood because of too much formaldehyde. We want better for you and your family.

  3. Board Width

    Since the 1950’s the width of hardwood flooring has been increasing. Today a significant amount of the jobs we do are 5” or greater in board width. Fashion is the reason why. Wide widths are what you see in magazines and are the most desirable. They will give a room a more expansive feel.

  4. Colour

    Colour is probably the hardest decision to make. At the time of writing the ultra-dark tones are trending out in favour of lighter and medium shades. Greys and Whites are also popular options. Lighter tones are the easiest to look after. There is often no right answer. It simple comes down to your vision, design theme, preferences and existing elements in the space.

  5. Engineered vs Solid vs Lock

    Engineered wood flooring is the most popular option now due to demand for wide planks. The engineered boards are simply more stable and less likely to have an issue in the future. Engineered can also be installed on concrete, below grade, over radiant heat and many other places where solid wood can’t go. With that said there are major differences between different engineered floors. Solid sawn veneers vs rotary veneers are the most significant difference and plays a big role in terms of cost and quality. We will be happy to show you the difference. Locking hardwood floors are easy to install and usually well suited to basements and condos.

  6. Finish Texture

    There are many different types of wood flooring textures now. Brushed finishes and hand scraped finishes are among the most popular. Having a textured finish greatly reduces the visibility of wear and makes upkeep so much easier. Currently 50% of floors we install have a textured finish and we expect this trend to continue over the next ten years.

  7. Finish Gloss

    Traditionally Semi-Gloss has been the standard for wood flooring but new options like Satin and Matt are very popular because they hide wear better and give a clean modern look. Quality brands like Mirage and Mercier let you choose what gloss you would like on your new floor.

  8. Character and Grade

    These are very personal opinions depending on the desired style. Options range from very clean grain to wood with knots and mineral streaks.

We install solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring and lock and click hardwood flooring in residential, commercial and new construction settings on a daily basis in Niagara. If you are building a new home or have an insurance replacement project give us a call today.

We service St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fonthill, Fenwick, Niagara on the Lake, Chippawa, Stevensville, Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland, Grimsby, Thorold, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington, Smithville, Dunnville, Binbrook & Oakville.

 

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