Hardwood flooring can add warmth and beauty throughout your home. While the term wood floors traditionally referred to solid hardwood flooring, there are several other options that are frequently grouped together. Cork flooring, engineered hardwood, and bamboo are alternatives that many homeowners select as well. Each of these products has unique benefits and qualities, as well as factors that should be considered before installation.

Solid hardwood flooring - This classic choice is available from many species of trees, and can be used in both formal and informal spaces. One major differentiator is selecting prefinished or unfinished options.

Engineered hardwood flooring – Engineered wood is created through a process combining several strips of wood to form planks instead of milling from a single piece. It is not laminate, and is often chosen because it shouldn’t shrink or expand due to humidity or temperature changes.

Bamboo flooring – Considered an environmentally friendly option, Bamboo can have a similar appearance to traditional hardwoods. If boards become scratched over time, refinishing is generally possible to restore the appearance.

Cork flooring – Although it looks different than other hardwood flooring choices, cork flooring is often selected because it uses renewable resources. It can have a cushion feel when you walk on it, but take the time to understand the maintenance and durability.

Other factors to consider:

Thickness – The thickness of the product you select matters if you are matching existing flooring, and also for durability including the ability to refinish in the future. Common materials are 1/2 in., 3/8 in., 5/16 in, and 7/16 in.

Plank width – Older flooring is often narrow, while more modern styles are wider planks. When choosing hardwood floors, the width of the planks can set the tone of the space.

Style – Wood can contain visible grains that add to the aesthetics of the space, or be hand-scraped for a different look.

Hardwood flooring can be a great upgrade to nearly any space in your Tulsa area home. Before choosing a material consider the impact of your lifestyle, including pets and maintenance to choose the best product.

Monster Home Center has a large selection of hardwood floors, and a quality team for installation.