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Hardwood Flooring to Last a Lifetime

Home with Hardwood Floors and black Brick walls

If you’ve been looking for timeless and beautiful flooring, look no further than hardwood. Hardwood flooring provides a warm and natural look, plus it’s certain to add resale value to your home. There are a few different types of wood flooring depending on your price point and preferences. Imperial Wholesale in Mesa carries a wide variety of wood flooring in many colors, thicknesses and sizes. To help you make the best decision for your home, here are the differences between solid hardwood, engineered hardwood and laminate, and how the addition of wood can make your home more beautiful.

Solid hardwood

The most classic and sought after type of wood is hardwood. It’s simply made from solid wood with no extra materials added, which means you’re getting real wood from top to bottom. Installation is often more expensive with hardwood because it must be installed on top of a wooden sub-floor and usually requires professional installation. The type of wood you pick will also influence the price – more exotic woods will be more expensive.

In the right climate, hardwood flooring is a worthy investment because well-maintained hardwood floors can last for decades. Part of the reason it holds up so well is that it’s easy to repair. Hardwood occasionally needs to be refinished and sanded, which will restore the wood to its original beauty. You can re-sand your hardwood countless times because unlike other types of wood flooring, it’s solid wood throughout.

Unfortunately, this type of flooring is impractical in Arizona because hardwood is heavily affected by changes in moisture and temperature. Dry air sucks the moisture from the wood, causing the planks to shrink and crack. This leaves unflattering gaps in your flooring that ruin the appearance of the wood.

Another downside to having naturally gorgeous wood in your home is that it may not be suitable for every room. As previously mentioned, moisture can ripple, shrink or otherwise damage your hardwood, which is why it typically is not installed in kitchens or bathrooms. There’s more flexibility with kitchens, as you can place water-absorbing mats in front of the sink or dishwasher to catch any stray water, however, you must take extra precaution if you go this route.

Many people are drawn to the aesthetic advantages of hardwood. The natural look of hardwood is like a blank canvas for area rugs and other décor. Wood’s neutral tones pair well with any style, from classic to contemporary. Hardwood is instantly recognizable as staple of luxury.

Hardwood flooring is a gorgeous and durable option for some, but unfortunately, it is not suitable for a desert climate.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood

Engineered hardwood flooring is one type of wood flooring that’s gaining in popularity because it’s a cost-effective way to still reap the benefits of real wood floors. Engineered wood, unlike laminate, is made from real wood, which is why this is one of the most attractive options to homeowners. It is the perfect combination of cost and quality. You can find a large selection of engineered wood flooring at Imperial Wholesale in Mesa starting at $2.99 per square foot or check their inventory online.

This type of wood flooring is made in layers. Its core is comprised of plywood with a real wooden veneer top layer, giving you the appearance of hardwood. The layers that make up the core are placed in different directions and bonded together with high-heat and pressure which makes it more durable and somewhat waterproof. This cross-grain pattern helps the wood resist the natural expansion and contraction of solid hardwood, perfect for Arizona’s hot, dry climate.

Because engineered hardwood is much more resistant to moisture, you can place it in areas like kitchens and bathrooms. It also makes a great addition to living rooms, dining rooms, hallways and bedrooms. For high traffic areas like living rooms or hallways, it is recommended that you place a rug down to preserve the quality of the wood, especially if you have pets (high traffic with animal nails and shoes can often scratch the surface). This type of wood can only be sanded a limited number of times, which is why it’s especially important to guard the wood from extreme wear and tear.

Another reason people choose engineered wood over hardwood is that it doesn’t have to be installed on top of a wooden sub layer. You can install it over any existing flooring which will help you save money on installation costs. It also maintains all the aesthetic advantages of solid hardwood without the high costs.

Engineered hardwood has all the beauty of solid hardwood while remaining immune from the adverse effects of Arizona’s dry climate. It also has more options for installation and compared to solid hardwood, is the cheaper option.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate

What laminate lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in low cost. Laminate is the perfect way to achieve a wood-look without the higher costs of real wood. Laminate is a significantly more cost effective option than hardwood or even engineered wood. It is made of fiberboard with an image of wood superimposed on top. Investing in a quality laminate is key because up close, cheaper laminates can have an unnatural woodgrain texture, ruining the wood-look appearance.

Laminate is easy to install; like engineered wood it doesn’t need a wooden sub-floor. It’s also the most water-resistant of all three options. Another plus is that it’s scratch-resistant, perfect for homes with pets. Despite its durability, if laminate is damaged any damaged piece must be repaired / replaced because there is no way to sand or refinish it.

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy to install option, laminate is the way to go. It’s not as long-lasting and it lacks the authenticity of real wood floors, but it achieves the wood-look without the high costs.

Solid hardwood, engineered wood and laminate each have their own distinct advantages and challenges. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which works best for your home or office. Imperial Wholesale in Mesa carries hardwood flooring in a range of materials such as hickory, birch, cherry and oak so you can find the color and style to match your home. By purchasing hardwood floors through Imperial Wholesale, you get the advantage of direct to the public discount wholesale prices along with the highest quality products. There is a reason local Five Star Resorts, Award winning Designers, builders and contractors all use Imperial Wholesale. So, if you’ve been considering a flooring upgrade, hardwood can be the way to instantly beautify your home and expand the life of your floors.

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