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Matching hardwood options with your own needs

 
Hardwood flooring is a very sought-after floor covering all around the nations. Homeowners are drawn to it for various reasons, including the gorgeous air of elegance it brings into any room, the way that it matches nearly every decor scheme, and the lengthy lifespan it has to offer. In fact, these floors are in such high demand that homeowners are willing to pay more for a home that has them already installed. Having them placed in your home is a true investment in the future.

Nielsen Bros Flooring has been selling high quality flooring products and services since 1946. Since then, we have continued to grow and to gain a loyal customer base that has often come back again. We serve, from showrooms located in Bellevue, WA; Auburn, WA; and Lynnwood, WA; the areas of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Auburn, Renton, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Bothell. If you’ll visit us at your convenience, we can help you find the perfect floor covering for your own home too.
 

Why choose hardwood?

 
Many homeowners are drawn to natural hardwood floors by their aesthetic appeal. Their rich beauty is hard to beat, and one-of-a-kind natural wood patterns enhance the look of any home. Hardwood is timeless and only increases in value over time.

Hardwood has been used as a floor covering for hundreds of years, but like most flooring products, hardwood has changed in recent years. Caring for hardwood floors is now nearly effortless thanks to advances in finishes, which require only routine sweeping and the occasional nearly-dry mopping. With proper care, your hardwood floors will last a lifetime!

The vast range of styles and species available from Nielsen Bros Flooring present you with many options for decorating your home. From traditional looks to exotic species, you’ll have no problem discovering a hardwood floor that matches your unique style.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What you need in hardwood

 
Your specific and unique needs will be the driving force behind all the options you’ll have to choose from in hardwood flooring. The first thing to choose, as a foundation of all other choices, is the species most suited to your levels of foot traffic. Homes with lower than normal traffic volumes can get away with softer woods. However, with increased traffic and activity comes the need for harder and harder woods. This increases the durability as well as the lifespan, giving you longer periods of time between refinishing projects.
 

Types of hardwood

 
Hardwood comes in many looks and styles, but all can be boiled down to fit within two categories: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Both types of hardwood are constructed from 100% real wood, and both can be refinished many times. There are, however, some key differences between the two that you’ll need to know before you make an informed decision about which type of flooring is best for you.

  • Solid hardwood: Consisting of a single solid wood species throughout each entire board, solid hardwood is a high-end flooring option with a traditional beauty and durability long coveted by homeowners.
  • Engineered hardwood: Consists of various wood fibers fused together, with a top surface layer of solid wood. This type offers greater stability and resistance to moisture and warping, allowing you to install it in areas of your home where solid hardwood would not work well.
  • Hardwood parquet tiles: These smaller planks are easily recognized, arranged in geometric patterns and providing an historically upscale appearance.
 

Hardwood installation

 
Nielsen Bros Flooring is a full-service flooring center, offering hardwood flooring sales, expertise & installation per your needs. We are 100% committed to the satisfaction of our customers, and our team is highly dedicated to providing the best continuous service to every person who walks through our doors, from the sale of your hardwood to installation and beyond.
 
 
 
 
 
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Tacoma, WA from Nielsen Bros Flooring
 
 
 

Best rooms for hardwood

 
One way to choose your hardwood is based on its hardness rating, which varies from species to species. Heavy traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways and entryways are best covered with a wood with a good hardness rating, such as oak or hickory. Rooms that are used more lightly, such as bedrooms or offices, are good spaces for softer woods such as cherry or walnut.
 

Stain and finish

 
Next comes the stain and finish options that will round out your flooring. Even here, you can choose both pre-finished and site-finished wood, both of which have their own specific pros and cons. For instance, pre-finished materials make the installation a quicker process, but it also limits your options for stain colors. Figuring out which means more to you will help you make the right choice for you.
 

Humidity and moisture

 
One important fact of which you should be aware is that solid hardwood flooring can never be installed in below grade spaces. The fact that it responds negatively to humidity, moisture, and changes in temperature make it a bad idea to put it in a place where those things are common. If you have a below grade space, and you want the continuity of wood flooring, you can opt for engineered flooring instead. It has the same great look, but does not react to any of those same factors.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reimagine your home

 
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