Wood flooring is classic, elegant, and glamorous and instantly up levels the appearance of any room. Whether you choose solid hardwood flooring or the engineered version, you can be assured of a versatile product that works in any decor; a long-lasting surface, easy maintenance, and an increase in your property values.  It's not just about choosing a color, however, so here are some questions you should answer even before you step into our hardwood flooring company.

Do you want solid or engineered hardwood?

While they both look similar on the surface with your species-of-choice with characteristics like knots, swirls, grains, and undertones, the construction is different. Solid is one thickness throughout, while underneath engineered has three or more layers of genuine wood combined with resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, this floor is more stable and better able to handle water.

What is your style?

There are five things to look at:

1.  Textures: This is what gives the floor personality, and you can get anything from a smooth quality to a weathered, distressed, or reclaimed look to one that's gently brushed with a wire object.

2.  Species: You will have hundreds from which to choose, and they are broken down into domestic and exotic categories. Domestics, like oak, hickory, cherry, etc., are warmer and more traditional. Exotics like Brazilian cherry, ebony, or teak are darker and more dramatic.

3.  Grain pattern: Logs are cut three different ways, giving each a distinctive look. Plain sawn is the most traditional pattern with wavy grains and little peaks called "cathedrals."  Rift-sawn has long, linear grains, and quarter-sawn is a combination of both plain and rift.

4.  Overall decor: Be sure your colors harmonize, so you get a cohesive look

5.  Stain: There are assorted colors to make your floor lighter or darker. Be sure to tell your flooring professional if you plan to use them because some woods, i.e., the more porous ones, except stains better.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, All About Flooring can help you choose the right hardwood floor for your needs and style. Our showroom is in Greenville, SC, and we work with homeowners and businesses in and around Greer, Simpsonville, Easley, Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn, and Mauldin. So come in to visit us and get a free hardwood flooring quote.