Hardwood flooring is a beautiful, enduring investment
Whether solid or engineered, real hardwood flooring offers a traditional, timeless look or a fresh, modern feel. Ask us about the many new styles, colors and finishes.
Hardwood flooring has been the “go to” floor for generations. It has stood the test of time in historic homes, elegant mansions, vintage cottages and mid-century modern homes. It looks terrific and is a superb investment in your home’s value.
Real hardwood flooring is beautiful in nearly any room. Now with tile and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) you can still get the hardwood look in your kitchen or bath! Hardwood’s rich character will add elegance and practicality wherever you use it.
- Hardwood flooring fits any decorating style.
- Its durability over time and ability to increase your home’s values makes it worth the investment.
- With minimal care, hardwood floors will retain their beauty and elegance for many years.
- Since there are no grout lines or fibers to harbor these harmful allergens, your family can live in a healthier environment.
- Your hardwood flooring options are tremendous, including choices in color, grains, boards widths and types of wood.
Hardwood flooring never goes out of style
Come in to our store to see the huge range of styles, surfaces, finishes, woodgrains and colors (even the hot new grays) in solid or engineered hardwood.
Read further to learn more about using LVT or tile in rooms where water could be a problem for real wood.
When you’re ready, your project consultant will visit your home to do a project assessment and in-home measure. We’ll help you choose the best hardwood flooring product for your lifestyle and budget, then install your beautiful new floor, too.
Browse our gallery below, or stop in to our Portland, Oregon store to see the actual samples. You may also be interested in these blog posts about hardwood.
- Engineered hardwood makes life easy
- Eight questions to help you select your wood flooring
- Take care of your hardwood flooring
Hard to find, we love Mirage Hardwood floors!
We’re proud to be one of few who offer and install beautiful Mirage Hardwood floors. Here’s why we love them:
- A good range of wood species (grain texture and color)
- A wide range of beautiful colors, including the hot new gray colors
- Matte or satin finish
- Prefinished, so no smelly fumes when installing
- Available in engineered or solid wood
- Our experts will handle installation too!
See more on Mirage Hardwood here!
Would you love hardwood in your kitchen?
Real wood and water don’t mix, but we have a solution! You can have the look of hardwood with Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). It’s so beautiful, most people can’t tell the difference between LVT and real wood. And vinyl can handle water, spills and mopping that would damage real wood. Talk to one of our experts and we’ll show you the amazing samples.
Note: Because it is real wood, hardwood will scratch, dent, change color, expand and contract and be vulnerable to moisture over time. You can extend its life with routine maintenance and care, and sanding and refinishing your floor will give it new life.
We refinish hardwood floors, too! If your beloved wood floors are looking worn, talk to us.
Prefinished hardwood is cheaper, since unfinished hardwood requires you to pay more expenses such as labor and finishing materials. Also, prefinished hardwood will save you from other “costs” such as time and effort.
– Installation Ease
If you’re in a hurry, prefinished hardwood is the one to choose. Unfinished hardwood requires that you wait at least a week for the finishing process to be done. Also, finishing a hardwood floor can become a dusty experience, unless dust containment systems are used.
– Installation or Upgrade?
For new installations, prefinished hardwood may be the one to choose. For upgrades, since you may need to match the color of the existing hardwood floor, unfinished hardwood is the better choice.
In heavy-traffic areas such as the kitchen or the family room, prefinished hardwood may be a better choice since it is more durable and requires less maintenance. For places such as the dining room, living room, home office or bedroom, where it is important that the furnishings match the floor, unfinished hardwood is better since it will give you more choices and chances for a matching color.
Very humid rooms require engineered prefinished hardwood floors, since these have finishes that can withstand humidity changes better.
When you’re looking for something specific such as a particular size or a particular cut, unfinished hardwood will give you more choices in terms of cuts and sizes. It is also easier to point out the particular color or type of finish that you need with unfinished hardwood.
Prefinished hardwood is generally more suitable if a low-maintenance type of hardwood floor is what you’re looking for. Prefinished hardwood has a tough factory finish that can withstand abuse better than a custom-made finish.
The flooring comes in strips with widths that range from 1 1/2″ through 2 1/2″ and thicknesses of 5/16″ through 3/4″. Strip flooring creates a traditional look, and can produce an illusion that a room is larger than it is.
Plank flooring also comes in strips, but they are wider, usually from 3″ through 8″. Plank flooring can be used to create a more rustic or earthy look as well as a historical appearance with antique applications.
As the name implies, this type of wood flooring is solid hardwood all the way through, from top to bottom. It’s similar to any other stick of lumber that sawn straight off of the log–no additional materials added. It’s usually just called “hardwood floor.”
Engineered hardwood flooring is an exciting alternative to solid hardwood flooring. Engineered flooring basically is a sandwich of finish wood and plywood. The finish wood is what you see and walk on. The plywood underneath comprises 80-90% of the floor.
Instead of just applying the color on the finishing touch of the floor, or using the first veneer engineered floor for this purpose, acrylic-impregnated ones are impregnated with color. This means that the sealant and color are infused through the floor strips and planks, giving them a more thorough vibe, which is not only better looking, but also longer lasting.
Handscraped hardwood floors have become one of the most sought after looks in flooring today. Replicating the look of reclaimed wood or of centuries of lived-on wear, handscraped hardwood floors beam with character and charm while boasting today’s most enduring urethane finishes.
Wire Brushed Floors
Wire brushed floors imitate the lived-on charm of handscraped hardwood floors with a less obvious level of distress applied to the faux wear markings. These floors, too, offer the enduring beauty of today’s innovations in urethane finishes.
Follow these tips for care and cleaning of your hardwood.
Use Area Rugs:
Use quality area rugs inside entryways to prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked onto your hardwood floor. To prevent slippage, only use a quality vinyl rug pad from your retailer. Don’t use rubber, foam back or plastic pads as they may discolor the floor. Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather.
Area rugs and furniture should be rearranged occasionally as they block sunlight, which may give the appearance of discoloring under the rug. UV sunlight and direct lighting will change the color of different wood species to varying degrees.
Minimize Natural Expansion and Contraction:
Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level of 40% to 60% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood. A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage of wood floors due to low humidity levels. This is especially important during the winter or when using a wood stove or electric heat, which tends to cause very dry conditions. In damp conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with an air conditioner, dehumidifier or by periodically turning on your heating system during the summer months.
Protect Your Floor from Marring:
All wood floors can be scratched, gouged or dented. Sharp or pointed objects, severe impact or concentrated weight can damage your wood floor. Don’t walk on your floor with “stiletto-style” heels as they may cause indentations. Keep all pets’ nails trimmed and filed in order to minimize scratches.
General Care and Cleaning:
Damp mopping is appropriate for some finishes; see your manufacturer’s care instructions for guidelines. Never clean or wet mop your hardwood floor with water; it can dull the finish and permanently damage the floor. Do not use any wax or cleaner that must be mixed with water, such as oil soap, as this may ruin your floor and result in the loss of the warranty.
Do not use wax, polish, abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
Wood Flooring With a Urethane Finish:
When a spill occurs, spot clean by applying the manufacturer’s recommended “no wax” cleaner onto a clean cloth and rubbing it onto the spot. More stubborn stains may require additional scrubbing with the appropriate scrub pad. Never topically apply wax to your urethane floor. Periodically clean your floor by applying the recommended cleaner to a dampened sponge mop. DO NOT allow puddles of cleaner to remain on the floor’s surface. Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the wood.