Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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In today’s flooring market, we not only have solid hardwood floors we also have engineered hardwood floors. Engineered wood is made from a thin, top layer of solid wood, while the base of the product is made of plywood. Engineered wood is durable while providing the same beautiful look found in traditional hardwood floors. If you are new to the concept of engineered hardwood, we wanted to explain the key differences between traditional and engineered hardwood. Let’s take a look!

Engineered Hardwood

  • The cost is less expensive than solid hardwood because of the plywood base. Regarding solid hardwood, you are paying for the entire plank of wood, compared to engineered the expensive layer is only on the top.
  • Versatility for installing engineered wood floors with a tongue and groove system by loosely laid or installed using glue. Engineered floors can be installed on all levels of the home. Also, engineered hardwoods do not expand and contract like solid hardwood floors.
  • Various finishes are offered from hand-scraped, textured, and smooth.
  • Engineered floors are more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwood floors.
  • Engineered hardwood holds up well against moisture, allowing homeowners to install hardwood floors in places they never imagined possible.

Traditional Hardwood

  • Hardwood floors can be refinished over and over with the results looking like the day you bought it.
  • Many homeowners love having beautiful, solid hardwood floors in their home.
  • Solid hardwood floors are made from 100% wood and are more expensive. If you are not concerned with budget, solid hardwood floors may be the best choice for you.
  • Solid hardwood floors have more of a specific process for installing than engineered wood floors.
  • Solid hardwood floors will expand and contract with the weather and over time.

For more information on traditional hardwood and engineered hardwood, one of our expert sales associates would love to help guide you on which option may be best for your lifestyle and home. Please call or visit one of our showrooms for more information.

What You Need to Know about Hardwood

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With updating or remodeling your home, it is vital that you make improvements that are not only going to beautify your home’s interior but also increase the overall value. Hardwood floors are a surefire way to accomplish this because they instantly add charm and character.

What exactly makes hardwood flooring an ideal option for your home? Well, when selecting any type of flooring, you have to consider your lifestyle and budget. While wood floors can last a lifetime, the durability rating varies based on the species. Plus, consumers often assume that hardwood is an expensive flooring option; however, these days you can purchase affordable grains. If you are interested in learning more about hardwood floors’ benefits, keep on reading!

Popular Choices

Hardwood varies with species. Its colors, durability and grain patterns differ with each type of hardwood. The most common types of hardwood flooring used in homes are cherry, oak, and maple. These species are widespread because of their hard exterior. Cherry and mahogany woods are used more for their striking aesthetic feature.

Finishes

When shopping for hardwood floors, you should also have the option of selecting various textures. Do you want wood floors that are glossy or are you interested in new flooring with a more weathered antique look? Whatever look you are trying to achieve, there is sure to be a hardwood to match. Luckily, they come in an array of styles to help meet your design preferences.

Colors

There are hundreds of different hardwood colors. Hardwood is available in variations of natural brown and blonde. The brown wood tone is perhaps the most popular type of hardwood flooring as it can complement just about any design scheme. Blonde and lighter wood tones are great for a minimalist designed interior.

If you are interested in learning more about hardwood, we would love to speak to you in person at Century Tile. One of our expert sales staff would love to discuss all the benefits and design features that hardwood has to offer. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Engineered Hardwood

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FAQ’s: Engineered Hardwood:

Q: Why do consumers choose engineered hardwood?

A: Amongst several reasons, consumers choose engineered hardwood for its authentic wood finish and astonishing durability. Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered can go in rooms that you never imagined possible. Homeowners can now install hardwood floors in areas that attract a lot of moisture like bathrooms and kitchens without the fear of warping or damage.

Q: Is engineered hardwood long-lasting?

A: Absolutely! Engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times throughout its lifespan to keep it looking beautiful. Plus, with a tough top layer, engineered hardwood is resistant to scratches and dents, helping to keep it around for years to come.

Q: What is the style range for engineered hardwood? Am I limited?

A: You are absolutely not limited to choices with engineered hardwood. Much like traditional hardwood floors, you can select from an array of different plank widths, wood species, colors, textures, and styles.

Q: How long will the installation process take?

A: Installing engineered hardwood is fairly quick. Prior to installation, you will need to allow time for clearing the room of furniture, removing your current flooring (depends on material), cleaning your subfloor, allowing your subfloor to dry and preparing the underlayment area. For a specific quote for your home, please call or visit one of our beautiful showrooms.

Q: Where can I install engineered hardwood?

A: You can install engineered hardwood in areas that you cannot typically install traditional hardwood like basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Engineered hardwood does well against moisture and humidity, making it an excellent choice for humid and moist rooms.

Q: What makes up engineered hardwood?

A: Engineered hardwood consists of several layers. Your top layer is 100% natural wood. The next layer is made up of five to seven layers of plywood that lay in different directions. The last layer is also wood.

Q: What type of wood species are available?

A: Engineered hardwood ranges from Oak, Maple, and Hickory to softer species like Birch, Cherry and Walnut, and even exotic woods like African Mahogany, Acacia and Tigerwood.

Do you have more questions about engineered hardwood? Give us a call or visit for more information.

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors

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Decorating with patterns can be a little tricky, especially if the designs are on your floors. For a stylish and dramatic look, homeowners opt for pattern floors to captivate their guests’ attention and add appeal to the overall design. If you are looking to introduce this type of flooring in your own home, you will definitely want to keep reading!

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors:

Stone + Slate Patterns.

Choosing stone or slate flooring can help add elegance to space. Typically, homeowners use tiles to create a unique pattern, but the natural color within the stone/slate helps to balance out the visual interest of the pattern. If you decide to work a pattern design into your room, you can place the tile in one of the design options below:

  • Basketweave
  • Herringbone
  • Staggered Brick

Hardwood + Engineered Hardwood + Laminate + Luxury Vinyl. 

Hardwood floors and wood-like floors have always been a classic choice for homeowners. But if you are looking to spice up this traditional design, we have three recommendations:

  • Reclaimed Wood: This type of wood style uses a mixture of different wood species within the same design to create an antique-type look. We love this mixture to compliment dark neutrals within a room.
  • Different Sized Planks: Changing up the width of your planks can be another design idea for hardwood and wood-like floors. You mix in different widths to create an alluring visual.
  • Variety of Color: You can create a more custom look than the reclaimed wood by featuring two or more different wood colors within the same space. This can create clean lines and elegance within a room.

Tile.

You may be surprised to hear that checkerboard floors are back in style. This retro, diner look creates a unique twist on the traditional kitchen. If checkerboard style is not for you, there are also an array of different designs for homeowners to use including:

  • Diagonal
  • Herringbone
  • Basket-Woven
  • Windmill
  • Hopscotch
  • Cobblestone

Now that you have heard of the different styles of patterns for floors, you can begin your next flooring project! We would love to help you along the way. Stop by one of our showrooms to talk with one of our sales associates about your ideas.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

How to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

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You invested a lot of money into your gorgeous hardwood floors and for them to last a lifetime, they need to be properly cared for and maintained. To help homeowners in the maintenance process, we collected ten must-follow rules for the best success. Let’s take a look!

How to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

No One. Climate Control

Natural wood originates in a climate of 60 to 80 Fahrenheit with 35%-55% relative humidity. It is essential to always have on your HVAC system in order to maintain the proper temperature. 

No Two. Routine Sweeping

It is important to sweep/vacuum your hardwood floors regularly to increase their longevity. Just be sure to only use a brush head or felt tip. You want to avoid beater bars as they can damage your floors. 

No. Three. Take Action

To keep your floors looking beautiful longer, you need to take action as soon as you see a spill or accident. It is important to wipe the mess up with a soft, white cloth and the recommended cleaning products. For a list of recommendations, please visit your hardwood flooring manufacturer’s website. 

No. Four. NEVER Use Water

Wood and water just do not mix. It is best to avoid water altogether when cleaning your hardwood floors. 

No. Five. Know Your Products.

Products containing oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products, lemon oil, tung oil, or ammonia should be avoided when cleaning your hardwood floors. 

No. Six. Trim Pets’ Nails.

Keeping your pets’ nails trimmed can be good for their overall health as well as your floor’s health. While long nails can cause scratch marks, they can also potentially hurt your animal and cause them pain. It is best to keep your pets’ nails trimmed and cleaned. 

No. Seven. Use Floor Protectors.

Floor protectors can be a great aid for heavy furniture and appliances. Just be sure to buy flooring protectors with no dyes. 

No. Eight. Avoid Wearing Shoes

High heels and spiked shoes can be hardwood floor’s worst enemy. To avoid damage and tracing inside lingering dirt, you can establish a “no shoes indoors” rule. 

No. Nine. Place a Doormat at Entrances/Exits

Cut dirt and debris off at the source—the doorway. Place a doormat in front of entrances and exits of the home to avoid tracing it inside of your home. Also, it can be a smart idea to place mats outside of your bathroom and near the sink in the kitchen. These areas typically attract water which is hardwood’s enemy.

No. Ten. Always use a White Cloth.

You never want to use a dyed or colored product on your hardwood floors because it has the potential to transfer. Instead, opt for a soft, white cloth to get the job done. 

Are you interested in learning other ways to care for your other types of flooring? Be sure to check out our other posts at https://blog.century-tile.com. 

Five Reasons Why You Would Choose Hardwood Flooring

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Still in limbo about what type of flooring you’re going to install in your home? Well, let us help you. Here are five reasons why you should opt for hardwood flooring.

  1. Easy to Clean
    Many homeowners steer away from hardwood floors because they feel that it would be too difficult to maintain. This is a common misconception. Wood floors are not difficult to clean. They don’t trap dirt, debris any other type of contaminant because it doesn’t have fibers. You can easily remove dust by taking a hard bristle broom or vacuum to the surface. To maintain that glossy or matte finish you can create a mixture of your favorite wood cleaner and buff the floors every six months. That doesn’t sound hard, does it?

  2. Wide Array of Choices
    Want to create a distinct look in your home? You don’t have to stick to dark wood grains. There are many different types of woods on the market with characteristics and colors that set each one apart from the other. You can also narrow your choices down based on the grade of wood. Based on your decor and preference you can select narrow or wide wood planks. Your options are numerous.

  3. Longevity
    Unlike most flooring types like carpet and vinyl that require replacing every few years, hardwood floors can last a lifetime. Wood floors are such a great investment because if you can care for them they won’t show extensive wear which means if you decide to put your home on the market in the future you won’t have to install new flooring.

  4. Healthier Option
    Carpet flooring attracts dust, mites and other allergens. If you’re especially sensitive to allergens then you might want to go with hardwood flooring since it doesn’t host harmful allergens and contaminants.

  5. Return On Investment
    Often, the main reasons homeowners don’t opt for hardwood flooring is because of its generally more expensive than other flooring options. Since hardwood floors increase your home’s resale value, you will get a return on your investment. According to real estate experts, homes with hardwood floors tend to sell a lot faster.

Laminate Flooring

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Are you searching for the perfect kitchen floor for your home? Laminate flooring in the kitchen is an excellent choice for many reasons such as versatility, easy maintenance, reasonable pricing, durability, easy installation, and it is excellent for air quality.

First, laminate is quite versatile; it is available in a wide variety of tile choices, faux wood, different colors, thickness, surface treatments, and plank styles. Do you have a flair for decorating, or do you have a picture in your mind of the perfect design for your kitchen. Laminate flooring’s versatility makes it a great choice for decorating because of the vast amount of choices.

Laminate flooring is also easy to maintain. It can be cleaned with a damp cloth or dust mop. It is also moisture and stain resistant.

Next, laminate flooring is a reasonably priced choice compared to other flooring options. It is more affordable than hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, and other common flooring choices.

It is also very durable. Laminate flooring is scratch resistant, and protected by a resin coating and a tough external layer making it highly durable. It is a great choice for home with pets and children because of the high amount of traffic the floor will take.

Another advantage is that laminate flooring is easy to install. Laminate boards are designed to interlock, making it much easier to install than other flooring. The fact that it can be floated over most existing flooring also makes it a time saver when installing. Other flooring options can take longer to install, and some need to be nailed down, stapled, or glued.

Finally, laminate flooring is a great option for people with allergies. There is no place to trap particles and dust on laminate floors. A moisture barrier that protects the floor from damage and prevents mold from forming is provided by the underlayment.

These are just a few of the reasons laminate flooring is an excellent choice for the kitchen. Please contact us with any further questions or concerns.

Domestic vs Exotic Hardwood

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There are a lot of decisions to be made when selecting hardwood for your floor. Do you want a natural finish or a stain? What about solid or engineered construction? Are you going to purchase pre-finished floor boards or have your installer finish them after installation? Included in all of these choices and decisions is whether to use a domestic hardwood, or an exotic one. While the name “exotic” implies something very different, unusual, or foreign, in this case it merely refers to any hardwood not harvested in the US. You have a lot of different wood species to choose from regardless of which category you pick, but having some information about the two basic groupings can help you make your decision.

Domestic Hardwood

You’re probably the most familiar with domestic hardwoods. Red and white oak, maple, hickory, birch, beech, elm, pine, and cherry are all domestic hardwoods. They vary tremendously in color, grain pattern, and in hardness, but because they have been in use in the US for so many years, they often give an appearance of tradition to a home. For example, wide pine planks are often used in farmhouses, while maple is most often seen on basketball courts and dance studios.

Far and away the most popular domestic hardwood is red oak. It has a warm, creamy tone that ranges from pink to red with lots of gold mixed in. The grain is even and consistent, like most domestic hardwoods, excepting hickory, and it’s a fairly hard and durable wood.

Hickory is the hardest and most dramatic domestic wood, but even this is still fairly consistent in grain and color – in other words, you know what to expect from lot to lot.

Exotic Hardwood

Exotic hardwoods are often much harder and more durable than domestic. Brazilian cherry, for example, is much harder and richer in color than American cherry. Brazilian walnut is also much harder than American walnut.

Exotic hardwoods are also often very dramatic in their coloring and grain pattern. These hardwoods are meant to be noticed. They are often more costly than domestic woods, because of the cost of shipping, but this cost is often offset by the dramatic color and rich veining they posses.

If you want a traditional looking wood floor that will be the backdrop to the rest of your décor – opt for domestic. For those that want the floor to become the centerpiece of the room – exotic may be the way to go.

Is It Possible to Repair Laminate Flooring?

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Is It Possible to Repair Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring can be an inexpensive and attractive alternative to real wood floors. If you like the look of real wood, but want something a little less expensive or easier to install, you may opt for laminate in your home. Unfortunately, laminate does have its drawbacks. If it isn’t installed properly with an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, it could swell into humps and buckling on your floor. It also scratches fairly easily, and in some cases may gouge or the top layer may get removed. When these issues occur, it can ruin the look of the entire room, even if only a few boards are affected. Fortunately, there is a way to fix your floor. Unfortunately, because laminate cannot be sanded and refinished like wood can, the individual ruined boards cannot be fixed and will need to be replaced, regardless of where they are in the room.

Click Lock Installation

The vast majority of laminate floors sold and installed today have a click lock installation where the boards snap together on the sides in a tongue in groove method. So while your floor may look seamless when it’s down, it’s actually fairly easily to pull it back up again one board at a time.

To repair some broken or ruined boards, find the wall closest to them and remove the baseboard. Now just unlock the boards until you reach the damaged ones and remove them. Replace them with new boards and then replace the others you took up to get to them.

While this is time consuming, it does give you a way to fix your damaged floor.

Nailed or Glued Boards

If your boards are not click lock, you can still replace them. They just need to be cut out of the floor, usually with a circular saw. Once the damaged boards have been removed, just glue new boards into the floor to take their place. This method takes a little more precision than the click lock method, but in the end it can be a lot faster to fix your floor.

New Hardwood Floor Trends

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Hardwood is a beautiful choice for any home, no matter the interior styling. However, because there are so many wood species and stains to choose from, it can be a tough decision. Look no further! We think you will fall in love with a gray or white wash finish option!

White wash or white wood or gray stains are a great choice if you desire a lighter, more modern look. These floor stains are being installed in many places in the interior design world, magazines and on design television shows. There is a reason so many designers are choosing this fresh finish for their hardwoods.

A lighter finish for wood floors looks bright and makes a room feel fresh. This type of stain option is perfect for homes that need more light. Dark or medium wood colors tend to look quite traditional. Selecting a more modern stain can transform the look of the hardwood in your home.

White or gray wood or white wash works with many different styles! There is no need to worry about the color scheme with this finish. It is a fresh neutral that looks good with all colors. The contrast can be played up or down between other wood furniture as well.

This trend works for many different types of interiors; modern, contemporary, rustic, shabby chic, and the list goes on. The only time to stay away from this particular look is when trying to stay true to a historical look, or in a very traditional space.

There is a reason these finish options have spread like wildfire. Because it looks beautiful and meshes well with all other color schemes. Even if the floors are light the rest of the space may be dark in contrast. These colors for hardwood floors are quite versatile. Keep this in mind when selecting new hardwood floor options!

If you have any questions about this wonderful look, feel free to ask us at Century Tile!  We are always happy to help.