Understanding Hardwood

There are a variety of types of wood floors available, including solid, engineered, pre-finished and unfinished options. It’s important to think about foot traffic levels, the amount of sunlight, humidity, moisture, and other factors in the space where you’re planning to install hardwood. Knowing the features and benefits of each of your options and how they will be impacted in your home will help you choose the perfect floor for the way you live.



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Traditional Hardwoods - Engineered or Solid

Hardwood floors have decorated some of the most exclusive mansions and estates in history and still exude a feeling of permanence and classic quality. At the same time, a simple beach cottage can be the perfect retreat with the coziest of hardwood floors. Installing hardwood flooring in your home is a true investment that will retain its value. In many cases, installing hardwood floors will generate a return on investment that exceeds the initial cost of installation.

Our showroom carries a huge selection of the finest hardwood flooring products available. We stock samples of each manufacturer’s products so you can touch them, feel them, compare finishes and colors, and really get to know each product before you decide. Naturally, we offer professional installation (guaranteed) for everything we sell.


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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.

Increase the Value and Beauty of Your Home with Hardwood

There's nothing like a hardwood floor 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.

Wood flooring types:

Engineered Hardwood

It has a construction of multi-layers of wood, each layer is positioned in a different direction.  The top layer is a veneer of solid wood that comes in a variety of species.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is one solid species of wood throughout the plank.  A well maintained solid hardwood floor can last for decades although it is not well suited over concrete slabs. 

Wood flooring is available in several styles:

Strip Flooring

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

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.

Hand-scraped Floors

Hand-scraped 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, hand-scraped 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 hand-scraped 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.

Select Hardwood for Any Room

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 the way 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.

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Explore a Wide Array of Looks with Hardwood

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 interests you: beech, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, pecan, walnut or exotic imports.

Visit Phillips where our flooring experts will assist you in choosing the hardwood flooring types and styles to fit your needs.

Understand Product Variations

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 floors 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.

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Hardwood Warranties


Most hardwood floors from Flooring America come with powerful warranty protection for scratches, scuffs, finish and more. Many are also backed by our unmatched Ultimate Guarantee. Find out more about warranties.

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