Hardwood Flooring Types, Styles, and Species
Hardwood Flooring Colors
No matter what the décor of your St. Louis home is, Professional Floors of St. Louis has hardwood flooring that comes in the perfect color for you. We can use customs stains and finished to give your hardwood flooring a unique one of a kind look and even breathe new life into old worn out hardwood flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Types/Styles
Professional Floors of St. Louis has been providing St. Louis homes with beautiful and unique hardwood flooring for many years. We offer a large variety of styles such as unfinished, solid, factory finished, engineered, plank, parquet, strip, and acrylic impregnated. These styles were designed to provide more customization to homeowners to ensure that each hardwood flooring has a unique feel and quality to it.
It is important to choose the perfect style and type for you and your home and this decision will be affected by a number of factors, including your lifestyle and the area in which you live. Call Professional Floors of St. Louis today to find out the specific pros and cons to each type of hardwood flooring and get help deciding which hardwood flooring type is right for you.
Hardwood Flooring Species, Grades and Cuts
Hardwood flooring today can come in a variety of species, grades and cuts giving you complete customization regarding aesthetics, texture, and your budget.
Professional Floors of St. Louis has hardwood flooring in many species, domestic and exotic, that span the available range of colors, pricing and toughness. If there is a look you are trying to achieve Professional Floors of St. Louis can help you do that.
The “grade” of hardwood flooring measures the strength and serviceability of the wood. For instance:
- Third – Hardwood flooring of this grade is very rustic in appearance and allows all the wood characteristics of the species to stand out.
- Second – Second grade hardwood flooring varies in appearance in sound having slightly less of the species characteristics to stand out.
- First – First grade hardwood flooring has simply the best appearance and the most natural color variations and has only limited character marks.
- Clear – Clear hardwood flooring is free of defects but may have some minor imperfections to it.
- Select – Select hardwood flooring is not quite clear as it contains some of the more natural characteristics of the wood such as knots and color variations.
- Common – There are two type of common hardwood flooring, No. 1 & No. 2. This is the most common type of hardwood flooring chosen because of the natural colors and features that are emphasized.
Finally, the cut of hardwood flooring will greatly determine how the finished product looks and is either riftsawn, plainsawn, or quartersawn.
- Riftsawn – Similar to quartersawn, riftsawn is cut at slightly different angle but it cups very little and will wear very evenly.
- Quartersawn – Quartersawn hardwood flooring produces less baord feet per log than the more traditional plainsawn cut. This makes it slightly more expensive and ensures that it cups very little and wears evenly over time.
- Plainsawn – This is the most common type of hardwood flooring cut. Growth patterns in the wood are much more obvious and so plainsawn hardwood flooring has varied look, much more so than the other types of cuts.
For more information about hardwood flooring types and styles is available per request from the Professional Floors of St. Louis staff. Call today and schedule an appointment to speak with one of our knowledgeable hardwood flooring technicians.