5 Things to Know about Solid Hardwood Flooring

This is the year you finally give up on those dingy, high-maintenance carpets and make the switch to beautiful, solid wood floors. There are several advantages to choosing wood for your home’s interior. When it comes to selecting the best flooring and hardwood flooring services in Kennesaw, GA, here is everything you need to know from the experts at Emperial Hardwood Floors.


New flooring is the best and most affordable way to add value to your property. New cabinets and countertops in your kitchen will cost you upwards of $20,000 but hardwood flooring throughout your home is a fraction of that. Hardwood floors are both beautiful and durable. With regular maintenance, they are guaranteed to last a lifetime.


With so many varieties of wood flooring on the market today, you are guaranteed to find one that will match your personal style. This year, extreme darks and lights are in high demand. Ebony is one of the most popular colors in showroom across the nation right now. Plank sizes vary between 2 to 6 inches wide, and this season bigger is better.  


Flooring manufacturers use a grading system when evaluating the quality of the wood they produce. A rating of ‘Clear’ signifies a uniformity in the colors from one board to the next. “Select” or “Better” will have subtle but noticeable differences in colors as well have minor imperfections like knots. “Rustic” grade wood is a rougher with definitive color and stain variations, scratches, and knots. “Cabin” or “value” quality wood is the lowest grade of wood flooring, usually with unfilled knots and split ends.  


When it comes to installing your new hardwood floors, always order 5-10% more than you need. These extra boards will be used for smaller applications and hard to reach spaces. In the event of an accident, like a heavy object falling and damaging a board, these extra pieces will be perfect for single board replacement projects.


You can install wood flooring in every room of your home, except one. Humidity levels in your basement are usually higher than the rest of the home. Humidity, over time, will cause your boards to warp and expand.

Solid hardwood flooring in Kennesaw, GA, can add value, variety, and quality to your home.