Flooring gets the most wear and tear out of all the surfaces in your home. But keeping floors clean and well-maintained can be expensive and time-consuming. And choosing the wrong flooring can force you to spend too much money on maintenance and repairs. If you’re looking for the perfect floors to enjoy for years to come, hardwood flooring is your best bet.
At Royal Home Flooring, we can help you choose the perfect hardwood floors for your home. But before you book your hardwood flooring installation, read up on the basics of hardwood floors and hardwood maintenance.
Solid hardwood flooring consists of solid wood throughout its entire thickness. Solid wood flooring comes in long planks of hard or softwood. The planks used in hardwood flooring come from deciduous trees, like oak and maple.
The wide variety of flooring options available can be daunting. Options range from tile and stone to laminates to hardwood.
Tile and stone floorings can provide a unique and visually appealing look to your home. The grout that holds the tiles in place can be a challenge to keep clean, and the tiles themselves can get very cold in the winter.
Laminate and engineered planks are less expensive than solid hardwood planks and can be stylized to fit your home. Both styles have a limited lifespan before needing replacement, as they can only handle limited repairs.
Solid hardwood planks have a slightly higher initial cost but boast advantages in lifespan and durability. It can be sanded and refinished if needed. Hardwood plank flooring is not recommended for basements, as the moisture that permeates there can cause warping and other damage to the planks.
Many species of hardwood can be used in flooring. Each species has a different appearance and can be chosen based on your taste. At Royal Home Flooring, we have all of these flooring product options and more.
Red oak is the most abundant hardwood, and as a result, it is the most affordable. It is also the most stain-friendly hardwood, allowing for a variety of colors based on the stain. The natural color of red oak ranges from creamy light pinks to brown.
White oak is another common hardwood that is affordable as a result. It tends to be golden brown or gray. White oak stains well, allowing for a wider variety of stain colors. Oak is considered one of the most durable hardwoods.
Maple is a common Canadian hardwood that’s harder than oak. It’s less porous than some other hardwoods and doesn’t take stains as well. However, due to maple’s limited porosity, it is more dent and scratch resistant and creates a contemporary look. It has a natural creamy color.
Hickory has a rustic look and has become increasingly popular in recent years. It ranges from light creams to dark browns and provides a distinct aesthetic.
Cherry hardwood is usually left unstained, as the color of the wood is a gorgeous reddish-brown that tends to deepen and warm over time. Cherry wood is very dense and durable and has a subtle grain pattern.
Beechwood is great for creating open looks. Beech is as durable as oak and tends to be light in color. The grain pattern of beech wood is straight and fine, so beech floors usually have a very uniform look and texture.
Ashwood can range from creamy whites to dark browns and is a very versatile option that creates the illusion of space. Ashwood tends to have a more yellow tone than other hardwoods.
Walnut is a slightly softer hardwood but ranges in color from nearly white to purplish black. It can have burled patterns and a refined look.
The cost of installing hardwood flooring can vary based on the size of the room and the species of hardwood. However, for a professional installation, the price range tends to be between $11 and $22 per square foot. This means that the price for a 100-square-foot room usually falls between $1,100 and $2,200.
Once the initial installation is complete, hardwood flooring requires less maintenance than other types of flooring. The average amount of time until hardwood floors need maintenance is about ten years, with the average cost of refinishing hardwood floors being around $1,700.
However, you may be able to go longer than ten years without refinishing the floors, depending on the wood species you choose and the wear and tear they receive. Keeping hardwood floors clean can improve their longevity. Hardwood flooring is easy to clean, as it can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth and air-dried.
With over 40 years of experience, Royal Home Flooring is the right choice for your hardwood installation needs. We are family-owned and operated and pride ourselves on quality service and customer care. Our Royal Promise speaks to our values.
We will do everything in our power to install your flooring whenever it’s most convenient for you. We call 48 hours before installation and offer several options for rescheduling if needed because we understand that life happens.
We offer estimates of the installation costs and will offer options to ensure that you get the most out of your flooring.
Royal Home Flooring will beat any of our competitor’s pricing, guaranteeing high-quality flooring at the best price! If you find a lower price than ours within 30 days of installation, we will refund you the difference plus 10 percent!
The lifetime installation warranty covers defects from normal wear and tear. We’ll send a specialist to your home to help you enjoy your new flooring as long as possible with any hardwood floor touch-ups you might need help with.
For hardwood floor installation near you, look no further than Royal Home Flooring. Our dedicated contractors will do everything in our power to ensure you have the best possible experience!
Acclimate the boards, prepare the subfloor, then install the hardwood planks with either nail or click-down locks.
It depends on the size of the area, but 1-3 days is standard.
Cork, rubber, or foam.
You can, but it can be challenging and expensive unless you know how to install new flooring. For jobs like this, it’s best to leave it to the experts.
Typically between $1,100 and $2,200 per room depending on the species of hardwood chosen.