How to Buy Hardwood Flooring

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What to Consider When Purchasing Hardwood Flooring

As your locally owned flooring retailer, you can turn to us at Rusmur Floors Carpet One Floor & Home as your hardwood experts. Purchasing a new hardwood floor can be overwhelming with all the choices and consider that it is an investment into your home. We take the stress away by matching you to a floor that suits your lifestyle and personal taste. Hardwood flooring can bring out the natural beauty in your home. Whether you want the warm, rustic look of hand-scarped wood, the lush, modern look of a dark finish or something in between, you’re sure to find a hardwood that’s perfect for your home. But with so many options available, where do you start? 

Our flooring experts have compiled their best advice to consider when shopping for hardwood.

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Hardwood Buying Tips

You home décor: When buying a hardwood floor, you should consider the current style of your home. It’s important to pinpoint the style or look that you’re going for in a room before you begin shopping for hardwoods. This will help you narrow down characteristics like wood species, gloss and shade. For example, dark, high-gloss woods add a warm, traditional feeling to a room while lighter, subdued shades have a casual, cozy flair. Hardwood flooring has the ability to open up a room while making it feel warm and inviting to your guests.

Durability: It is important to keep in mind that no hardwood floor is immune to wear and tear. However, the hardness of the wood you choose can determine the level of maintenance required to keep your floor looking its best. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind: the harder the wood, the less prone your floor is to indentations and scratches. If the floor will be in a higher traffic area, consider a harder wood like oak or maple.

Solid vs. engineered hardwood: Solid hardwood flooring is a classic choice that comes in ¾’ thick planks that feature a uniform construction. Solid hardwood floors add style and value with their unmatched characteristics, and some even feature sound absorbing qualities. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is constructed of 3 to 5 layers of hardwood stacked in cross-grain configuration and bonded together using heat and pressure. This process makes engineered hardwood floors less susceptible to humidity and moisture making it ideal for any level of your home.  Installing hardwood flooring is an easy way to upgrade the look and improve the value of your home.

At Rusmur Floors Carpet One Floor & Home, we offer the largest selection of flooring in the tri-state area and we’re sure to have a hardwood perfectly suited to your needs. Stop in to one of our locations today in Bridgeville, Pittsburgh, or Moon Township, PA to learn more about our affordable hardwood flooring options.

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