Today, you have more choice than ever when it comes to the selection of your floor, including many varieties of natural wood flooring. At Spectra Contract Flooring, we help you select the right floor for your project and we rapidly install it.
Wood flooring basics
Traditional wood floors fall within the categories of solid hardwood, engineered hardwood and locking hardwood floors. Solid hardwood uses planks that come from a single piece of wood, can be repeatedly sanded to last for years and must be nailed or stapled to a wooden sub-floor. Engineered floors are made by fusing together layers of hardwood for extra stability. They can sit nearly anywhere in a facility because they can stand up to higher levels of moisture and humidity and are designed for installation over concrete. A locking, or floating, floor is an engineered floor with a locking tongue-and-groove system that minimizes installation costs by eliminating nails, staples and glue.
Why choose wood?
For some, nothing beats the classic look and feel of real wood flooring. It’s versatile, with options for any interior design and nearly any application, aside from the heaviest load uses and specialty healthcare settings. Wood is hypoallergenic, can last for decades with the right care and is easy to clean and maintain.
Key considerations when selecting wood floors
Your choice between engineered and solid hardwood is driven by the floor’s location within a facility, its subfloor and your required installation parameters. We can accommodate any wood floor with our installation expertise and can advise you on the best materials for your subfloor. In addition to deciding between an engineered or solid hardwood floor, you’ll want to consider several variables.
- Species — Your floor’s look, feel and pattern depends on the species you select. You can pick a domestic, such cherry or an exotic, such as bamboo. For commercial settings, you want the hardest species that fits your design, so your floor will last.
- Color — Most domestic species come in a range of pre-stained colors, while many exotic species aren’t pre-stained — instead, their natural color comes through.
- Width — The wider the planks in your floor, the fewer visible seams there are, highlighting the natural appeal of a wood floor.
- Texture — You can select wood floors with a range of textures, from smooth to customized, tactile finishes.
- Finish — A finish protects wood flooring while adding color and hue. Most engineered hardwood comes pre-finished, which streamlines installation, improves air quality and typically means longer flooring life, no frequent refinishing and longer warranties. Many solid hardwood floors are site-finished, offering easier repairs, a limitless selection of stain colors and the ability to improve the surface following installation. Solid hardwood can withstand far more refinishes than engineered hardwood can take.
For many applications, traditional wood flooring isn’t as cost-effective a solution as more modern synthetic options. But when properly installed, it can last for many years with minimal maintenance and deliver a great long-term value. One key cost consideration is moisture, as it can cause warping and gapping. We test to ascertain if your concrete or sub floor is at risk of moisture and provide moisture remediation and surface preparation if any issues are present.
Value-added flooring services
If you need a flooring solution, our professionals can help you select the best materials for your budget, design vision and facility environment. We can install any wood floor, including:
- Solid hardwood
- Reclaimed wood flooring
- Engineered wood flooring
- Floating wood flooring
- And more
As the largest flooring contractor in the U.S., we leverage partnerships with manufacturers nationwide to help you procure the right floor at the best possible price. From more than 30 locations nationwide, our expert crews install flooring wherever you need us.
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