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HARDWOOD FLOORING

Hardwood floors are one of the most important design features in your home. No matter what your lifestyle or taste, wood floors add value and comfort to any décor. 

Why hardwood flooring?

Ease of maintenance

Maintenance of today's wood floors is easy. New technology in stains and finishes call for regular cleaning that takes little more than sweeping and/or vacuuming, with occasional use of a professional wood floor cleaning product. You will want to use a cleaning product recommended by your flooring manufacturer, installer, or another wood flooring professional. This will ensure that you use the proper cleaner for your type of flooring and finish.

Ecological

Wood floors are ecologically friendly. Since it is a natural resource, wood is both renewable and recyclable. Many of yesteryear's old wood ships, warehouses, barns, and other structures often find a second life in wood flooring. And, because wood does not collect dust and other allergens, many leading health associations agree that wood floors are the perfect choice for a healthy home.

Types of Wood Floors

The two types of wood floors available in today's market are solid and engineered.

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary but generally ranges from 3/4" to 5/16". One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade.

Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub-layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring with fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be refinished as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on, or below grade.

Brands We Carry

We proudly offer quality hardwood flooring from the brands that you love, like Shaw, Anderson Tuftex, and Mohawk. Shop our impressive selection of hardwood flooring today.

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HARDWOOD INSTALLATION

Let our trained professionals measure your room for hardwood flooring and then seamlessly install it. 

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HARDWOOD CARE

Care and maintenance will keep your new hardwood looking its best!

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HARDWOOD INSPIRATION GALLERY

View some of our favorite hardwood styles & trends in hardwood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring Construction Basics

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring, as it sounds, is milled from a single thick piece of hardwood. Because of its thickness of ¾", solid hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. One of the characteristics of solid wood flooring is that it will expand and contract with changes in relative humidity. For this reason, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round traditionally is used to hide the gap. It is not recommended to install Solid Hardwood directly over a concrete slab.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered flooring is actually 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.

Most Hardwood flooring offers two different engineered constructions

  • Engineered with Hardwood Core

  • Engineered with High-Density Fiberboard Core

Before Deciding on Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring, Here Are Some Important Factors For Your Consideration

Location, Location, Location, Location...

The location of installation for your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

  • On Grade – at ground level.

  • Above Grade – any second level or higher.

  • Below Grade – any floor below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms.

What Type of Sub-Floor Do You Have?

If you plan to install over concrete, you will need to use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or Engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB sub-floors.

Will There Be Moisture in the Room?

If so, you'll want to select an engineered hardwood. The moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms where moisture is a possibility, such as bathrooms.

Janka Wood Hardness Rankings

The Janka Hardness Test measures the capacity of a wood to withhold pressure. This is done by measuring the amount of force required to insert a 11.28 millimeter (.444 inches) diameter steel ball half its diameter deep into the wood. Doing so creates a circular indention with an area of 100 square millimeters. These particular data are expressed in pounds-force (lbf), and are side hardness data. This means that the testing was done on the surface of a plank, with the force exerted perpendicular to the grain.

Please note this is just a partial list that contains some of the more popular choices of wood flooring as well as some of the more exotic species that Atlanta Flooring Design Centers carries.

Wood Flooring SpeciesHardness
Ipe / Brazilian Walnut / Lapacho3684
Cumaru / Brazilian Teak3540
Ebony3220
Brazilian Redwood / Paraju3190
Angelim Pedra3040
Bloodwood2900
Red Mahogany / Turpentine2697
Spotted Gum2473
Brazilian Cherry / Jatoba2350
Mesquite2345
Santos Mahogany / Bocote / Cabreuva2200
Pradoo2170
Brushbox2135
Karri2030
Sydney Blue Gum2023
Bubinga1980
Cameron1940
Tallowwood1933
Merbau1925
Amendoim1912
Jarrah1910
Purpleheart1860
Goncalo Alves / Tigerwood1850
Hickory / Pecan / Satinwood1820
Afzelia / Doussie1810
Bangkirai1798
Rosewood1780
African Padauk1725
Blackwood1720
Merbau1712
Kempas1710
Locust1700
Highland Beech1686
Wenge / Red Pine1630
Tualang1624
Zebrawood1575
True Pine / Timborana1570
Peroba1557
Kambala1540
Sapele / Sapelli1510
Curupixa1490
Sweet Birch1470
Hard Maple / Sugar Maple1450
Coffee Bean1390
Natural Bamboo (represents one species)1380
Australian Cypress1375
White Oak1360
Tasmanian Oak1350
Ribbon Gum1349
Ash (White)1320
American Beech1300
Red Oak (Northern)1290
Carribean Heart Pine1280
Yellow Birch1260
Movingui1230
Heart Pine1225
Carbonized Bamboo (represents one species)1180
Cocobolo1136
Brazilian Eucalyptus / Rose Gum1125
Makore1100
Boreal1023
Black Walnut1010
Teak1000
Sakura995
Black Cherry / Imbuia950
Boire940
Paper Birch910
Cedar900
Southern Yellow Pine (Longleaf)870
Lacewood / Leopardwood840
Parana780
Sycamore770
Shedua710
Southern Yellow Pine (Loblolly and Shortleaf)690
Douglas Fir660
Larch590
Chestnut540
Hemlock500
White Pine420
Basswood410
Eastern White Pine