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Hamernick’s Hardwood Products


Hardwood Products

Hardwood floors have been in homes for centuries, and they remain as popular today as ever. A stylish and versatile solution, hardwood flooring features natural strength and beauty. Each plank is embedded with individual grains and knots that make your floor a truly unique piece of art. With the proper care, the character and charm of a natural hardwood floor will last for many decades.


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Hamernick’s Interior Solutions is your leading source for hardwood floors in Saint Paul, MN, western Wisconsion and the greater Twin Cities. Many of our customers take pride in supporting local businesses, and some prefer products made from domestic hardwoods – those species grown in the US. Common domestic hardwood which include high quality maple, oak, American cherry, American walnut, pine and hickory trees grown here on American soil.


Hardwood Types

Many varieties of hardwood are available from Hamernick’s Interior Solutions, each with different characteristics specific to the species from which the floors are made. You’ll find variations in the appearance of mineral streaks and wood grains, as well as the lightness or darkness of each plank. Some of the more common species of trees used to create hardwood floors include:


Light Woods Dark Woods
Maple Cherry
Oak Walnut
Bamboo Mahogany
Pine Hickory


If you’re looking for something more exotic, some common choices include mahogany, bamboo, Brazilian cherry and Brazilian walnut. None of these species lists are all-inclusive, but you’ll find many of them in our Saint Paul showroom!


Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Yet another distinction is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood floors.

Solid hardwood is what is traditionally thought of as hardwood flooring. As you might guess from the name, each plank is solid, manufactured from a single piece of harvested wood. Solid hardwood planks are usually ¾-inch thick, allowing for repeated refinishing over the lifetime of the floors.

Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is manufactured using several pieces of wood layered together into a single plank. Typically, this plank will consist of a thin piece of solid hardwood on top of a thicker layer of high-quality plywood or other wood composite. Because the surface layer is so thin, engineered wood can only be sanded once or twice before needing to be replaced completely.


Hardwood Grading:
Hardwood vs Softwood

You can sort hardwood species even further by measuring the wood’s natural hardness, referred to as the grading. There are two broad grading categories:


  • Better able to stand up to heavy foot traffic
  • More longevity
  • Usually naturally darker wood
  • Typically more expensive up front
  • Hardwood examples: maple, oak, walnut


  • Softer and more flexible than hardwoods
  • Increased risk of scratches, dents and dings
  • Usually naturally lighter wood
  • Less expensive up front
  • Softwood examples: pine, spruce
Hickory Engineered Hardwood