In the market for new hardwood flooring? Learn about the different hardwood flooring types and styles, and find the best hardwood floors for your home.
There's nothing like hardwood flooring for natural beauty, warmth, and ease of cleaning. Its distinctive grains and swirling burnished figures add a classic touch throughout your home. Hardwood's rich character never goes out of style. Good-looking, long-lasting and a great investment in your home's overall value, hardwood flooring is the perfect marriage of practicality and elegance when it comes to home improvement.
Solid hardwood is not recommended for moisture-prone areas of the home but performs well in high-traffic areas like entryways, hallways, and living rooms. New advances in technology afford engineered hardwood floors the flexibility for installation above, at, or even below grade. Several layers of construction are bonded together to prevent bowing/shrinking in cool, moisture-prone areas.
This construction prevents it from warping and bowing like a hardwood floor might in moisture areas. Engineered hardwood can be installed in most grade levels of the home, including below ground with a protective moisture barrier installed.
All of our hardwood flooring styles and selections are clearly labeled for performance in a variety of conditions and applications. Our Quick-Pick icons indicate where they are best used – Below Level (below grade and at ground level, grade) or Above Level. You’ll also see icons indicating a style’s suitability for residential or commercial settings. Visit your local store and use these icons to make your decision easier.
You'll probably want to decide on the species of wood you prefer early on in your home design process. Our Quick-Pick icons immediately identify the hardwood flooring types that interest you: beech, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, pecan, walnut, or exotic imports. Visit your local store where our flooring experts will assist you in choosing the hardwood flooring types and styles to fit your needs.
Many factors determine how your floor will look. Consider how much natural variation there is in the grain and coloring of a wood, a range that contributes to wood's endless appeal. How shiny the wood appears varies according to a gloss level rated as matte (low), satin (medium) or gloss (high). A matte finish helps to maintain your floor's appearance in high-traffic areas, while high gloss finishes will add elegance and grandeur to a formal space.
All these elements make a difference in how your hardwood floor will look: our Quick-Pick Icons identify those differences so you're sure to get the look you want. Don't forget to check out Installation to learn all about the little details that make a big difference when transitioning from old floors to new. Visit your local store and use these icons to make your decision easier.
Even the configuration of the strip's edge contributes to the look of the installed hardwood floor. Many strips (or planks - the wider version) offer you the choice of a square edge (smooth and flat surface), micro bevel (mild bevel that can be felt with the fingertips), or full bevel (forming a strong groove to visually separate the strips and focus your eye on grain line).
All these elements make a difference in how your hardwood floor will look: our Quick-Pick Icons identify those differences so you're sure to get the look you want. Don't forget to check out Installation to learn all about the little details that make a big difference when transitioning from old floors to new.