What is Solid Hardwood Flooring?
Solid hardwood flooring is a timelessly classic choice for both homes and businesses alike. Tri Point Flooring’s hardwood planks are skillfully crafted using 100% solid wood, stained, and finished to suit your design aesthetic and lifestyle. As our customer reviews reflect, we provide expert customer care from the start of your project through years of your floor’s durability.
Solid hardwood floors endure through decades and even centuries of wear and tear because of how they are made. The planks are milled from one piece of kiln or air-dried timber cut to the desired dimensions. Either the factory finishes the wood planks or they ship to the installers to finish on site at your home or commercial space. All of this craftsmanship takes place in a controlled environment to protect the wood from warping and bending.
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Benefits of Solid Hardwood Floors
Solid hardwoods offer many benefits in comparison to other types of flooring. These benefits include:
- Traditional and timeless appearance
- Expert installation
- High quality appeal
- Strength and durability
- Return on investment
- Improved acoustics
- Healthier air quality
Options to Suit Your Taste, Decor and Lifestyle
Solid hardwood flooring does not limit you to one look or color, as seen in trends people followed during the past century. Today’s hardwoods provide a broad array of options for colors, styles, finishes, plank sizes and wood species. We can help you select the right flooring for your home or commercial space. We base this advice on the local climate, expected traffic and your desired overall look. Although oak remains top of the list for many property owners, some home owners prefer Maple, Hickory, or Brazilian Cherry.
Factors involved in helping you choose the right solid hardwood flooring include durability and who uses the floor on a daily basis. For example, families with young children and pets put strength and scratch-resistance at the top of their list. Others with less traffic can consider softer woods without concern for excessive wear and tear. Throughout your decision-making process, our expert consultants help you find the right products based on visual appeal and your budget, too.
Species Available for Your New Floor
Most home and commercial property owners are stunned to learn of the sheer variety of solid hardwoods available for flooring. In fact, you have access to a multitude of hardwoods, softwoods, domestics and imports through Tri Point Flooring. Each type provides its own benefits and special considerations for care or maintenance. Overall, your best choice is a wood that is widely available, suits your budget and fulfills your design taste. You must also ensure it provides the durability required to stand up to decades of the traffic your spaces impose.
The most common wood used for solid hardwood floors include:
- Douglas Fir
- Red Oak
- White Oak
Whichever type of wood you choose can affect the overall atmosphere of your space. Light woods like ash and maple tend to make rooms feel more open and airy, while medium woods like oak and hickory add coziness and warmth. Dark woods, such as walnut and mahogany, add an air of refinement and tradition.
Less widely available species work great for upscale and low-traffic properties. Although exotics like teak, mesquite and jarrah look incredible, they do not always suit the needs of today’s home or commercial property owners. But you can still achieve a similar look through more widely available woods, such as oak. We are happy to show you how, by giving special consideration to the floors’ plank size, color and finish.
Finishing Unfinished Solid Hardwoods
Solid hardwood planks are available in both prefinished or unfinished wood planks. One of the many perks of unfinished solid hardwood is its out of the box customization options. Tri Point Flooring’s expert team can finish unfinished floors on-site with a premixed stain color or we can mix custom floor stain to suite your taste.
We are here to help you decide on the best option according to each method’s pros and cons. For example, on-site, or unfinished wood flooring takes more time during installation and creates some noise and dust. Pre-finished flooring, limits customization options as there are but so many stain colors within each brand’s flooring collections. However, it certainly makes installation much faster and easier.
You also have options for your wood finishes. If you prefer a shiny appearance, choose gloss finish that reflects more light. For just a bit of shine, semi-gloss cuts down on glare and reflection but still looks clean and fresh. A satin or matte finish reflects even less light, but provides the benefit of reduced appearance of wear and scratches. All of these finishes provide the same floor protection, so you only need to make the choice according to the overall look you want to achieve.
Local Triangle Resident’s Top Choice for ALL Solid Hardwood Flooring Needs
When you want solid hardwood flooring installed or refinished just call the preferred flooring experts at Tri Point Flooring. Our professionals have earned top reviews from customers for well over a decade. We serve the entire Triangle, including Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and beyond throughout all of Wake County. Call Tri Point Flooring’s professional wood floor contractors at (919) 771-7542 today.