What is the best hardwood flooring? May 25 2015, 0 Comments
An Age Old Questions... What's the best hardwood flooring?
This is an interesting question. Throughout the years at Gaylord Hardwood Flooring we've manufactured millions of square feet of hardwood flooring. Since we manufacture custom hardwood flooring, almost all of these floors have been different. Clients have the ability to choose width, gloss level, and colour. At Gaylord Hardwood Flooring you have over 400,000 different options to choose from.
So, lets get into the heart of things and give you the details on what to look for in your hardwood flooring.
So how do you determine the best hardwood flooring style for you?
This all depends on the look you are going for. Every home and design style are different. Here are few current flooring trends
Now Trending: Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
In the past few years wide plank hardwood flooring has taken off. In particular, wide plank white oak flooring has become a staple for the wide plank flooring market. With its light color and unique grain pattern it makes for a very unique wood floor. Not only is wide plank hardwood flooring perfect for a rustic cottage home, it can look amazing with modern decor.
Now Trending: Grey Hardwood Flooring
Grey hardwood flooring has become the flooring choice to compliment
modern home decor. We have several grey shades to choose from, as well as extremely modern two-pass grey stains. These floors complimented well with modern furniture and stainless steal appliances.
Now Trending: White Wash Hardwood Flooring
White wash hardwood flooring has become a unique choice for many customers. Since the stain has a mostly two-toned aspect you get a light feel that shows off the natural characteristics of the wood. If you go with the white wash finish on wide hardwood flooring boards you won't regret it!
Best Hardwood Flooring Quality Standards
So, a floor you see looks amazing, but how do you know the quality? Here are a few tips not to be fooled by a salesperson.
Average Lengths of Hardwood Flooring
The average lengths of your hardwood flooring is extremely important. Imagine each board was only 2 feet long. It would look pretty choppy, wouldn't it. The first question to ask the salesperson is how long the box is that the hardwood flooring comes in. Our standard flooring comes in 8 foot boxes, with the longest boards being 8 feet. However, our specialty products come in lengths up to 10 feet. Remember, if the boxes aren't at least 8 feet the average lengths are likely very, very, very short. Also make sure to ask the salesperson the average length. Our standard 8 foot flooring has an average length of 40-48 inches.
Another thing to ask is whether the wood comes in random or set lengths. If flooring comes in set lengths you will get an odd looking floor that almost looks like laminate. Imagine only having 1 foot, 2 foot, 3 foot, and 4 foot pieces throughout a floor. Chances are that floor would develop a consistent pattern that isn't ecstatically pleasing.
Quality of the Hardwood Flooring Finish
Now you understand the lengths, lets get to the finish. Its very difficult to tell the difference of a hardwood flooring finish until you test it. If you take 120 grit sand paper and test out the finish you will quickly find out the quality. This is a test we always run in our showroom. We are proud of our 10-coat polyurethane titanium oxide finish. A simple tip, ask if the companies finish is titanium oxide or aluminum oxide -> titanium is stronger!!!
Site Finish Vs. Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Some people believe you can't get a custom prefinished hardwood floor. This is definitely true for the big hardwood flooring manufacturers. They do huge manufacturing runs to lower costs. At Gaylord Hardwood Flooring we know you want the perfect floor and that is exactly what we provide. With our custom color options you can choose almost anything you'd like and get it prefinished. We've even done a stain to match a gentleman's car.
So what is the main difference between site finished and prefinished? Well, high quality prefinished will last substantially longer. Site finished will likely need a refresher coat every 3-5 years, whereas, prefinished can last up to 40 years.
In addition, some believe site finished is easier to clean because it is "completely sealed". This is another common misperception. Wood is a natural product, which causes it to move within the various seasons. As a result, these site finished floors will shrink, which creates gaps between the boards and jagged edges.
I really hope this article helped you understand what goes in to the best hardwood flooring possible. About a month ago we won the NWFA Wood Floor of the Year Award for the Best Manufacturer Factory Finish Floor. Every singe floor we manufacture has the potential to win this prestigious award, which is why Gaylord Hardwood Flooring goes through great lengths to ensure the highest quality products.