Are you searching for a new floor for your home that is authentic and natural? Have you considered investing in hardwood flooring? A durable option for spaces of all sizes, hardwood flooring is a perennial favourite and there’s certainly a lot to love about it. If properly cared for, your hardwood floor will last for generations. Kimball Carpet One Floor & Home is your local hardwood flooring store, which means we have the hardwood flooring experts at our Medicine Hat, Alberta, showroom!
Are you ready for hardwood flooring in your home? When installed properly, hardwood floors will add significant value to your property. If you are unsure if hardwood flooring is right for your home, we can help! Our experts can help you determine which type of flooring is right for your space and budget. We can even help you choose the best hardwood floor for your household based on the things you tell us like if you have pets or children or live an active lifestyle.
When it comes to hardwood species, variety is the name of the game. Engineered and solid hardwood flooring is available in wood species worldwide, giving today’s consumers more options than ever before. There are tried-and-true traditional hardwoods, like oak, maple, pine, and hickory, as well as more exotic varieties like mahogany and teak – and everything in between.
Yes, there are two major families of hardwood: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood flooring is your traditional, natural wood flooring; whereas engineered hardwood flooring is a manufactured version that still uses natural wood. Both types offer you the look and feel of beautiful wood floors, but each has its key benefits and characteristics.
A true classic, Solid hardwood – which is often found in antique homes – can be refinished over and over again and can last for generations. However, It isn’t a good choice for spaces below grade or that are moisture prone. Wood naturally draws in moisture so in rooms like kitchens or bathrooms this can pose a potential risk to the overall performance and health of your floors.
Why Solid Hardwood Flooring:
Multiple species to choose from
Adds property value
Can be refinished multiple times
Engineered hardwood has a similar appearance but is made of multiple layers of composite wood with a top layer of real solid wood. This results in a floor that’s denser and more resistant to dents. Engineered hardwood can be installed below grade and in finished basements but can only be refinished once or twice over its lifetime.
Why Engineered Hardwood Flooring:
Doesn’t need to be refinished
Unfortunately, yes, humidity does affect hardwood flooring. Humidity can actually play a huge role in the performance and longevity of your hardwood floors. Both high and low humidity levels can cause permanent damage to the floor. While you may be thinking, what do we have to worry about here in Medicine Hat, AB? Cold, dry winters can cause just as much damage to hardwood floors as hot, humid summers. Well, what can humidity do to hardwood?
Humidity can cause hardwood flooring to:
Yeah, that doesn’t sound fun. Without the proper level of humidity – yes you want some humidity – hardwood flooring is just money down the drain. Ideally, you want the room to have a 40% level of relative humidity. For our climate, we usually recommend installing a humidifier to support a healthy moisture level. Aside from a humidifier, engineered hardwood flooring is a great alternative to solid hardwood. Thanks to its engineering, engineered hardwood is moisture resistant and thus should not buckle, crack, or warp due to humidity.
Installing a hardwood floor in your home is definitely worth the investment and our hardwood warranties ensure it stays that way. Hardwood floors are durable and last longer when properly taken care of. Solid hardwood floors should be avoided in areas with high moisture and humidity. Instead, we recommend installing solid hardwood flooring in bedrooms, offices, dining rooms, or living rooms. If you would like to enjoy wood flooring in more rooms, engineered hardwood is moisture resistant and can be installed in rooms where solid hardwood cannot, such as in your basement or kitchen. Be sure to regularly clean them, not only will they look better, but they will also keep their sheen for longer.
You can find quality hardwood flooring near you right here at Kimball Carpet One Floor & Home in Medicine Hat, AB. As your local hardwood flooring store, we’ll help you find a floor you can feel great about. We’re proud members of Carpet One Floor & Home, the world’s largest flooring cooperative: this affords us the luxury of staying true to our locally-owned roots, while still offering you top-quality hardwood flooring brands and exclusive brands you won’t see anywhere else. Ready to get started? Shop our hardwood flooring collection online now!
Learn More About Hardwood
Is Hardwood Flooring Waterproof?
While not all hardwood is waterproof, we offer waterproof hardwood in addition to other waterproof floorings.
Keep Your Hardwood Clean
If properly maintained, hardwood flooring can last for decades. Here are a few tips to keep your floors beautiful.
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