How to Choose Hardwood Floors for Your Business
When it comes to invoking class and tradition in a commercial space, nothing does better than hardwood flooring. It’s also an amazing choice when it comes to durability and overall investment value. Of course, that doesn’t mean that choosing the right wood flooring for your commercial space is a simple task. We’re proud to offer the best in commercial hardwood options at S&G Carpet and More. Picking the right one means weighing appearance, cost, durability, maintenance and ease of installation.
It also means choosing the right type of hardwood flooring. Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors are available, and each type has its own advantages and drawbacks. Choosing the right one means thinking about the demands of your space and finding the option that meets them. Keep in mind that you’ll likely be able to find the look that you’re going for with either type of hardwood.
Commercial Hardwood 101: Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood flooring is exactly what it claims to be. Each plank of this flooring is made from 100 percent natural wood. A variety of species are available, and each has its own hardness rating. It’s important to evaluate hardness ratings if you’re installing hardwood floors in a commercial environment. In general, we recommend that you avoid softer hardwoods such as Douglas fir, pine and cherry. Oak, maple, hickory and Brazilian walnut make much better choices.
Whatever species you choose, the hardwood planks will be laid to create a striking, solid floor. Over time, they can be sanded and refinished in order to maintain their value. This is a big selling point if you own your space and are looking for the longest use life possible out of your flooring. If you don’t own your space or don’t plan to be there for a long time, it’s probably best to skip on solid hardwood.
Commercial Hardwood 101: Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of multiple plies of wood that provide superior stability and durability. This type of flooring is a popular choice when there are subfloor challenges. Unlike solid hardwood floors, engineered hardwood isn’t susceptible to significant shrinking or warping. Like solid hardwood flooring, it’s available in a variety of species and widths. Engineered hardwood can also be sanded and refinished on occasion, but it doesn’t offer a use life as long as that of solid hardwood.
A Final Note: Prefinished vs. Unfinished Flooring
In addition to choosing between solid and engineered hardwood, you’ll also need to decide if you want to buy prefinished or unfinished flooring. True to its name, prefinished flooring has already been stained and only needs to be installed. Unfinished floors, on the other hand, must be stained after they’re installed. This type of flooring is ideal if you need a highly customized look in your space.
At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to offer an amazing selection of commercial hardwood flooring. Stop by one of our North State showrooms today to see what we offer and talk about your flooring needs.
Best Commercial Hardwood Options from S&G Carpets and More
At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to carry the best selection of hardwood flooring for commercial environments in Northern California. Drop by one of our showrooms today to see what we have to offer. We’re here to help you pick commercial carpeting that won’t disappoint.
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