Sturdy, steadfast, and ever-enduring, natural hardwood floors have been sought after for centuries. While trends come and go, the lasting value of hardwood remains. Hardwood is, by nature, durable and tough, and its presence adds significant curb appeal to your property. At Gallatin Valley Carpet One Floor & Home in Bozeman, Montana, we love hardwood as much as you do, and we can’t wait to show you some of the many varieties available in our Bozeman, Montana showroom. But first, let’s talk more about hardwood flooring.
You may be surprised to find out that there are two different types of hardwood flooring, and no we are not talking about the different species, sizes, or stains. We are talking about solid and engineered hardwood. These floors are both made with real, natural wood. What makes them different is their construction.
Solid wood floors can be refinished many times over the years and will last the life of your home if properly cared for. They are a long-term investment, but ultimately increase the real estate value of your home as well. Solid wood floors are naturally moisture-prone, so it’s best to keep them out of rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. Solid wood is more susceptible to warping because of moisture, so you want to install it on or above level in dry, climate-controlled rooms to avoid permanent damage.
The layering in engineered hardwood flooring makes for a floor that’s sturdier and more structurally stable. However, they cannot always be refinished, and if they can it can’t be done as many times as solid hardwood. Engineered planks can also handle moisture and foot traffic better, which is why they are suitable for any level of your home. While engineered hardwood is water-resistant, it is not waterproof, so it’s best to avoid installing it in rooms you expect a lot of moisture as well.
The type of hardwood you should get is dependent on the needs of your home. If you are looking for a timeless, sturdy floor, solid hardwood is a great choice for those wanting a more luxurious floor. Engineered hardwood may be your best bet for those with children and pets, or who just need a little extra durability and water resistance. Neither solid nor engineered hardwood flooring is equipped for prolonged water or moisture exposure. Thankfully, we also offer a selection of 100% waterproof hardwood that can be installed in rooms like your kitchen and bathroom without stress.
When people think of hardwood flooring, typically they picture traditional light-stained wood, but there is so much more to this beloved floor!
Hardwood flooring is available in a wide variety of native and exotic wood species. There are truly thousands of options when it comes to choosing your next hardwood floor. The species of wood you choose determines the base color, grain, and how strong and durable the wood is. From classics like oak, maple, and walnut to trendy choices like rustic pine, hickory, and birch, your floor can enhance your décor scheme.
Beyond the species of wood, hardwood companies use an array of methods to treat and style their wood floor panels. For instance, artisan methods like wire brushing, reactive staining, and hand-scraping are often employed to give your wood floors a unique texture and appearance. Some hardwood floors also have more shade variety from plank to plank, making the floor look more dynamic and customized.
Did you know you can get wood floors in different lengths and widths? Yes, you really can! This brings customization to a whole other level and brings you one step closer to finding the perfect floor for your vision. Whether you are looking for a normal-sized plank or something thinner, shorter, or longer, we are sure to have something for you. Additionally, we have extra wide planks, options with beveled edges, and much more.
As one of the industry’s most eclectic floor offerings, hardwood flooring truly offers up something for everyone: whether you are a die-hard traditionalist or a bit of a style chameleon. With our ever expanding collection of solid and engineered hardwood, it’s easier than ever to find one that perfectly complements your décor and color scheme.
After much careful thought, you’ve decided to go for it: the gorgeous hardwood floor you’ve long been dreaming of. So, what happens now – will you attempt to install your own floors, or would you prefer to trust in the experts? While a self-installation is certainly possible, particularly if you are handy with tools, most of us would rather not go it alone, for many reasons. If improperly installed, your new hardwood floor can easily wear out well before its time. The resulting damages might not be covered under your warranty since many require your floor to be professionally installed as a coverage condition. To compound matters further, the state of your floors can have a devastating effect on your property’s overall value.
With our ever-expanding inventory of solid and engineered hardwood, Gallatin Valley Carpet One is proud to be the go-to destination for hardwood flooring in Bozeman, MT, and beyond! We carry options by your most-trusted hardwood brands, including Carpet One exclusive brands and products you won’t find elsewhere. On top of our products, we’re proud to offer a full range of hardwood flooring installation and refinishing services. With decades of collective experience, our professional flooring team is fully insured and will deliver only the most impressive results. Our family of experts can’t wait to guide you through the selection and installation process. Come visit us in-store or feel free to start shopping our hardwood flooring inventory online today!
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