When it comes to finding a beautiful floor for your home or property, few options beat hardwood flooring. Whether you want a cozy, rustic look or an elegant dark cherry, hardwood flooring lasts for the life of your home and increases its value. Beyond looks and investment, hardwood floors are durable, hypoallergenic, and easy to clean.
Alfreds Carpet One Floor & Home in London, Ontario, is your local hardwood floor store. We carry the best hardwood flooring brands and products, including those specifically designed to weather our Canadian climate.
We carry a beautiful selection of natural hardwood flooring styles. Decide between a rustic finish or a glossy, sleek sheen. We also have whitewashed and multi-colour wood floors, as well as narrow and wide planks. You can choose bevelled edges and differing lengths. Our experienced team will listen to your ideas and suggest the best products to suit your taste.
Beyond style, we also have a range of hardwood species to choose from. Our modern hardwood floors include natural oak floors, maple, hickory, cherry, birch, exotics, and much more. Each species has varying characteristics, like hardness, scratch resistance, and moisture absorption. They can also transform colours over the years.
There are two primary types of hardwood floors: solid and engineered. Factors to consider include humidity levels in the room, the level of foot traffic you expect, how long you want your floor to last, and whether there is potential for spills and moisture exposure.
While solid and engineered wood products look virtually the same from the surface, there are differences to their structures.
Solid hardwood planks are the traditional form of natural wood flooring and have been used by homeowners and builders for hundreds of years. Each panel is made from one continuous piece of genuine hardwood throughout – there’s no composite wood, lamination, or layering involved.
The main advantage of choosing solid hardwood is that it’s one of the longest-lasting floors available. It can potentially endure for the life of your home and beyond. You can sand and refinish the planks multiple times over their lifespan – resulting in a brand-new floor. Refinished hardwood is cleared of scratches, dents, abrasions, stains, and other imperfections. You can choose a different shade and style finish for a fresh look. The major drawback to solid hardwood is it’s more sensitive to moisture, humidity, and heavy foot traffic than engineered options.
For this reason, solid hardwood flooring is only recommended for above-grade, dry, low-humidity rooms.
Engineered hardwood panels have a genuine cut of hardwood at the surface, laminated to layers of composite wood below. This structure creates dimensional stability and prevents the planks from warping from humidity, moisture, and heavy use.
Engineered hardwood fares better in certain conditions, but it may not last as long. This depends on the thickness of the hardwood top layer. Thinner hardwood veneers can’t be refinished as often as solid hardwood. However, we offer top-quality engineered hardwood products with thicker surfaces built to last.
Engineered hardwood is ideal for all of the rooms solid hardwood can be installed as well as in more moisture-prone spaces.
While solid hardwood floors should only be installed in dry, above-grade rooms, engineered hardwood is more versatile. You can put it in basements, along with kitchens, entryways, and other moisture-prone spaces. Most versatile of all is our waterproof hardwood collection, which can be installed in bathrooms and high-moisture areas without worry. Hardwood floor bedrooms and wood floor living rooms are also popular options, as well as hallways, stairways, and home offices.
We offer one of the most comprehensive hardwood flooring selections in the area, including Preverco Canadian Hardwood and Provenza. Thanks to our membership with the Carpet One Co-op, we can provide you with the product variety and prices of a big box store without the crowds – and with the personalized service of a locally-owned and operated business. Visit us today to browse our flooring samples and learn more about the benefits of installing hardwood in your home or browse our hardwood selection online.
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