Wood Floors

Hardwood Floors

We set ourselves apart from the competition by offering unparalleled floor selections and services. We carry a wide variety of wood flooring including; Hardwood, Engineered Wood, Bamboo, Cork, Tile Wood, Laminate, and Luxury Vinyl Tile that looks like wood.

Hardwood vs. Engineered wood vs. Laminate

Laminate and engineered wood floors are often confused for each other but one thing is clear- neither are “real wood,” in the sense of being 100% sawn wood like solid hardwood flooring. Beyond that, the distinction gets murky.

Engineered Wood Floors are very popular in Southwest Florida. Engineered wood is most closely aligned to solid hardwood. The price point is similar to hardwood and it does incorporate a thin layer of natural wood on top of dimensionally-stable plywood. Engineered Wood Flooring works well as a moderate to good moisture resistance floors. Due to its dimensionally stable base layers, engineered wood flooring actually stands up to moisture better than solid hardwood. The resale value of engineered wood is high; home buyers love it.

Laminate Floors are a bargain priced product that can look great. Even though laminate flooring is composed of a majority of wood fibers, none of the wood is in its natural state. One thing to know is that there is a common misconception that laminate is made of plastic. This is not true, there is some resin on the top wear layer. Laminate flooring is moderately water-resistant. If installed well, so that no seams are exposed, it presents a waterproof shield. But when water infiltrates the lower layer it can swell up. Once swollen, the only recourse is to rip it out and reinstall new floors. This is important to consider when buying new floors.

If you’re looking to add warmth and beauty to your home, nothing compares to genuine hardwood flooring. Engineered and solid hardwood floors are very similar, but there are significant differences in their overall construction. Engineered wood floors behave a little differently than solid hardwood does. They tend to be easier to install and are usually less expensive than solid hardwood.

However, not all wood floors are created equal. Depending on the type or species of wood the flooring is made of will determine what type of performance qualities it has. Understanding these differences will go a long way to help you choose the wood floor that’s right for your home.

Bamboo and Cork

Both cork and bamboo are better environmental choices than a new traditional hardwood floor or a carpeted floor. Cork doesn’t require the harvesting of trees, only of bark and it’s done by hand. Cork can be softer under your feet and is cooler in the summer. Cork is great for reducing sound and is very easy to maintain. Installation for cork floors is very easy as well, there is no underlay required or preparation of the subfloor. Cork floors are known for being free from allergens and is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, which is great for the humid Florida weather. Cork planks can come in many different sizes and come in the same dimensions as hardwood planks, which makes it look much like wood floors. Cork is increasing in popularity which is great when considering resale value.

Bamboo flooring is highly durable flooring choice. Bamboo can be subjected to extensive usage and can stand up very well to the abrasion caused by children and pets. Bamboo floors are tough enough to resist the impact of falling objects in the kitchen as well as other high traffic areas such as living rooms and hallways. Another great thing about Bamboo floors is that they are more scratch resistant than most hardwoods. They are actually comparable in hardness and durability to some of the most commonly used hardwood flooring materials such as oak and maple.

Bamboo flooring provides a warm looking environment through its natural growth patterns plus it adds a level of coziness to an interior. Much like cork, bamboo flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly wood flooring options, because it is made from a highly renewable source. It is actually a grass that re-grows after it is strictly monitored and harvested. Sustainability, renewability, and simplicity of maintenance all make bamboo flooring a very “green” flooring material indeed. Plus, bamboo is easy to clean because it does not require any chemicals for maintenance.