Hardwood Best Shopping Guide

Posted on 06/10/2018Posted by Kevin Ward

How Do I Select the Hardwood Best Suited to My Home and Needs?

Nothing complements any decor, from a rustic look to ritzy elegance, like the beauty of genuine hardwood. Your convenient, local Peek’s Floor Company showrooms carry an extensive selection many types of hardwood, whether unfinished, pre-finished or engineered in a range of lengths and widths. The overall look of the material is important, of course, but you want to keep durability factors in mind as you shop, as well.
We hope this short and simple shopper’s guide will help you keep the details in mind.

Traditional Hardwood versus Engineered

What is Traditional Hardwood?


Hardwood comes from dicot trees – a type of flowering tree – usually found in broad-leaved temperate and tropical forests. In higher latitudes they are mostly deciduous and in subtropic and tropic areas, they are mostly evergreen.
This kind of wood may be used in a variety of objects, most frequently in furniture, flooring or musical instruments because of their density. This density increases durability, while providing an enhanced appearance.

What is Engineered Wood?

Engineered hardwood is composite that increases durability as an alternative to traditional planks. A thin layer of genuine hardwood covers a base of a more durable, man-made material, resulting in planks that are more moisture- and temperature-tolerant than all-wood planks, making them less likely to cup or buckle. The price is comparable, and the look is nearly identical.

How Do I Choose Between Traditional and Engineered Hardwood?

I the space experiences intense temperature fluctuations, especially from full sun, or receives more than normal moisture, engineered woods protect against damage. A kitchen or bathroom will do much better with engineered wood, while a typical living room office or bedroom can feature the most authentic look of traditional hardwood.

Know Your Vocabulary

  •  Cup or Buckle: This creates humps or dips in wood planks, caused by frequent changes in temperature or moisture. Cupping is minor and temporary while buckling is major and requires more effort to fix.

  • Finish: The finish is the top coating applied to the wood either in the factory or on-site. Different finishes have different durability, VOC content and dry times.

  • Finish-In-Place: When hardwood needs to be sanded, stained and sealed after installation, it is finished in place, which allows for custom looks and unrivaled beauty.

  • Floating Floor: The installations uses no glue or nails; instead the planks interlock to hold the flooring in place.

  • Hardness: Measuring how well a species of wood stands up to indentation, the higher numbers indicate harder, more durable wood.

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