We know exactly how you feel. You’ve been shopping for hardwood floors and you now see hardwood floors everywhere you turn! So many colors and styles! But what kind of hardwood is best for you? With so many factors to consider, the decision can certainly be overwhelming. But have no fear, hardwood-seeker—our experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to get you started with your search.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring or Solid Hardwood Flooring?

Both are real wood with a couple of important differences. Engineered hardwood is made of a thin wood veneer layer on top and plywood underneath. Solid hardwood is all one wood material. The key difference to note here is that engineered hardwood flooring can be installed virtually anywhere in your home while solid hardwood flooring can only be installed at or above grade. This makes engineered hardwood flooring great for basements. Engineered hardwood can endure more wear, tear, and moisture damage because of its cross-ply structure. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago can give you more tips about which is best for your home.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring or Unfinished Hardwood Flooring?

Prefinished hardwood flooring essentially gets delivered to your house ready to go. That’s because prefinished hardwood flooring comes sanded, stained, and treated straight from the factory. This makes installation a snap. On the other hand, unfinished hardwood flooring is sanded, stained, and treated after it arrives at your home.   While installation may be a more detailed and time intensive process, this option can yield beautiful custom results, especially with the expert craftsmanship by our flooring gurus at Floor Coverings International North Chicago.

Styles, Colors, and Species

This is where we can really have some fun. Some of our most common styles right now include rustic hardwood, hand scraped hardwood, and distressed hardwood flooring. Popular wood tones include dark hardwood and black hardwood. Finally, our customers’ most asked-about species are birch hardwood, ash hardwood, pine hardwood, and teak hardwood.

We hope you learned something to get you to the next step of your flooring search. But we know you probably have more questions. That’s why our experts are waiting for your call at the number below. We also offer free in-home estimates to residents of the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square areas. We look forward to hearing from you!

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