Hardwood and Bamboo
HARDWOOD, BAMBOO, CORK
Hardwood floors have graced the floors of beautiful homes for centuries. There is a real art to installing beautiful floors and we pride ourselves in providing our clients with exceptional wood installers.
There are many species of wood (oak, tiger wood, cherry, walnut, hickory, maple, etc.), board widths (from 1 ½ inch to 7 inches wide), and finishes (from rugged hand-scraped to traditional matte finishes). Choosing what’s best for your home or business can be a daunting task. Our experienced sales staff can help you wade through all the options to help you get the color, texture, thickness and width at a price you can live with.
In Arkansas we are blessed or cursed (depending on your point of view) with a very humid environment. If you are building or remodeling a house on a concrete slab, you will definitely want an engineered wood. Engineered wood is made up of many layers of wood, the top, or wear layer, will be one of the most important layers as it will be the one you see, clean, stand on, refinish, etc. The thickness of this layer is key to the wear ability of the product. But the other layers are key to providing a very stable, moisture-resistant floor. The natural moisture found in slabs and in the air cause wood to contract and expand (it’s a natural process), but with an engineered wood, it does it without you ever noticing it… Whereas a solid wood floor would literally expand and contract visibly on a slab floor (something most of us don’t want to see). There are a couple of instances where a solid wood can be used on a slab but we would have to do moisture tests and, even then, it’s a bit of a risk.
Solid wood is fine to use in Arkansas on top of a wood sub-floor. Many people ask us if engineered wood can be refinished. The answer is really similar to solid wood… Solid wood is generally nailed down. You can only sand a solid wood floor to the top of the nail because at that point you’d start having nails come through the surface. So if you think of that thickness (usually about a ½ inch or less), that’s how much you can refinish a solid piece of wood. On an engineered wood, you can refinish only the top layer. Your ability to refinish is determined by the thickness of your top or wear layer. Wood that has been finished in a controlled environment (pre-finished wood) rarely needs to be refinished.
Cork is a wonderful choice for kitchens, playrooms, offices, and much more. Not only does it look fantastic, it’s easy on the legs! The patterns and colors will astound you. Designers and architects choose cork time and again for its many wonderful properties, including design, ease of use, cleaning, long-term use, etc.
Bamboo is very popular and we’ve just started carrying a line that offers over 50 different colors and will even custom color bamboo to suit your specific taste. This is a wonderfully renewable source for wood flooring.
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