Hardwood flooring is beautiful and natural. As such, it requires specific care and maintenance to keep it in top shape. Follow some simple tips from the experts at Hamernick's Interior Solutions, your local flooring store in Saint Paul, MN!
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:
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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 when shopping for solid hardwood in St. Paul at one of our two Hamernick’s showrooms!
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
Another distinction is the difference between solid hardwood 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 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