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Solid Hardwood Flooring

What is Solid Hardwood Flooring?

Solid hardwood flooring is a wood flooring constructed as a single plank of wood.

Solid Hardwood Types

Solid hardwood includes a variety of different types of oak, including white oak and red oak, as well as white and yellow pine, and other types. Bellawood, Casa de Color, Virginia Mill Works, and R. L. Colston are all reliable and well-known manufacturers of quality pre-finished solid hardwood. As with unfininshed hardwoods, pre-finished hardwoods range from brown, cream, and beige, to orange, red, and a range of tans, and on to yellow and white woods.

As with unfinished hardwood flooring, solid hardwood flooring comes primarily in ¾” thickness. There are more exceptions with solid hardwoods, with a few varieties coming in 3/8th or 11/16th of an inch. 2 and ¼” width is a common sight, particularly with the darker varities of oak; lighter woods tend to have broader widths, up to about 5” depending upon manufacturer and personal preference, but this is by no means universal. Width and color wind up owing more to personal taste than to any other factors.

How Much does Solid Hardwood Cost?

The price of solid, solid hardwood flooring is comparable to that of unfinished flooring, in that the same types of wood are generally involved, with recognizable price ranges. Proportionately speaking, prices are a little higher; you’ll be lucky to find anything less than $2 US/SFT, and prices per square foot ranging from $5 to $6 or more are far less uncommon. Those who have installed their own unfinished hardwood flooring can attest to the difference in time and painstaking effort, however; for those who would rather be spared the mess and the unpleasantness of performing their own finishing process, the slight additional expense per square foot may be absolutely worth it.

What is The Pros and Cons of Using Solid Hardwoods

Solid, domestic hardwoods are durable and significantly less expensive than using exotic woods. They are hard, resilient, and—with their pre-applied finishes—they can withstand the elements, temperature fluctuations, and insects for years. They’re also far more familiar; there is an appeal to the more exotic wood types that goes beyond their physically unique resilient natures and into realms of style and appearance that aren’t attainable with conventional woods. The pre-finished nature of standard solid hardwood flooring limits the degree of personal expression it affords.

Personal expression, and a sense of genuine handcraft, are the primary selling points behind using unfinished woods as well. This does allow for a far more unique appearance through one’s own finishing process and choice of stains, but it also trades off the time, trouble, and expensive of the finishing process itself, not to mention the potential ill effects of polyurethane exposure.

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Mecklenburg County Towns and Neighborhoods we service:

South Charlotte:
Including Ballentyne, Matthews, Mint Hill & Indian Trail:
The Arboretum on Pineville-Matthews Road,Ayrsley in the Southwest corner of Charlotte, Ballantyne off Johnston road near South Carolina, Barclay Downs by the SouthPark Mall, Beverly Woods by Park Road in South Park, Carmel Village by Carmel Road, Blakeney near Ballantyne neighborhoods, Chantilly around Plaza-Midwood, Cotswold, Dilworth, Landsdowne, Madison Park by E Woodlawn Road and Park Road, Myers Park, Nations Ford,Parkdale, Piper Glen, Quail Hollow, SouthPark, Steele Creek

North Charlotte:
Derita, Highland Creek, NoDa, University City, Northlake, Hidden Valley, Pleasant Grove, Croft, Newell

Lake Norman, NC:
Including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, Troutman, Statesville, Sherrils Ford and Denver , NC

The Peninsula,The Point, River Run,Birkdale, The Hamptons, Govenors Island, Alexander Island, Wynfield, MacAulay, The Farms, Northstone, Skybrook, Antiquity, Sailview, Norman Pointe

West Charlotte:
Ashley Park, Berry Hill, Biddleville, Lincoln Heights, Oakview Terrace, Paw Creek, Shuffletown area, Thomasboro/Hoskins, Wesley Heights, Mountain Island Village,Yorkmount Park

East Charlotte:
Eastland, Grier Heights, Plaza-Midwood, Sherwood Forest, Hickory Grove, Hickory Ridge, Idlewild, Oakhurst, Reedy Creek, Shamrock, Sardis Woods, Stonehaven, Center City,

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