What to know about hardwood flooring

Whether you're shopping for solid or engineered hardwood flooring, it’s always best to be armed with some information. The more you know, the better choice you can make. If you are looking for hardwood in Adel, IA, look no further than us.

Archer Home Center has been serving the Adel, IA region since 1976. A family-owned-and-operated company, we have strong ties to the community. We carry a full line of floor coverings, as well as appliances, cabinets, countertops, and more, with major brands offered at competitive prices.

Understand wood flooring construction

There are two wood flooring construction types. One is solid which is one slice throughout the entire floor. This comes in an almost unlimited number of species, but the most popular ones are oak, maple, hickory, walnut, and cherry. Plank thickness ranges from 5/16 to 3/4 -inch and the floor can be sanded and refinished up to six times.

Since it is solid wood, it can be damaged by excess water and moisture. Acclimate the hardwood before installation so it gets used to humidity levels. This is a simple process; Leave the opened boxes in the room in which you plan to install for about three days.

Engineered wood floors are layered. At the top are a slice of genuine timber with all the knots, wormholes, grains, and beautiful undertones. Underneath are at least three layers (but preferably more) of genuine wood combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position.

This gives it stability and an increased ability to handle wood. No acclimation is necessary and it can be installed in any house grade level, including the basement. Thickness ranges from ⅝ to ¾ inch. Thicker is better and depending upon that it can be sanded and refinished once to four times.

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Basic hardwood terms to know

The finish is the clear top coating that protects the floor. Many floors come prefinished, but if you need to choose, there are water and oil-based ones, as well as polyurethane. A stain is not the same as the finish. A stain adds color, but you can also leave the wood its natural hue.

To learn more about hardwood or any of our products visit our showroom in Adel, IA., serving Adel, Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Perry, Winterset, and Panora. IA. Ask us about our estimates and discounts.