A natural wonder, hardwood flooring has long been associated with strength, luxury, and endurance. Genuine wood floors are as highly coveted today as they were a century ago, with more choices than ever before: engineered, solid, wide-planked, residential, commercial, prefinished, multi-color, and so much more. You’ll find it all right here at Coastal Carpet One Floor & Home in Destin, Florida. We proudly provide a great selection of wood flooring options and hardwood installation services to Destin and Fort Walton, Florida.
The decision to install natural wood flooring can often represent a significant upfront investment. But it’s worth it in many ways. Wood floors can last for generations, offering ongoing value as the years pass, as long as they are properly installed and maintained. Hardwood planks are also hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and available with stronger, more scratch-resistant surfaces than in the past. Our expert hardwood specialists can help you determine which flooring is right for you and your unique space.
Like all floors, hardwood is available in a variety of styles and special constructions. First, there are many different wood species, such as natural oak, hickory, maple, birch, cherry, mahogany, and more, that each have specific shades, grain patterns, and hardness levels. For instance, solid oak is one of the strongest wood floor options. There are also exotic species like cork and bamboo, which are both eco-friendly flooring options. Bamboo in particular is better at handling humidity and moisture than other hardwood options. Beyond species, you’ll find a variety of hardwood plank styles, including extra long and wide sizes. You’ll also find choices with bevelled edges, multiple hardwood colors and tones, and different shine levels. We even offer collections with beautiful wire-brushed textures and reactive staining.
Solid wood floors are made from a single, continuous piece of genuine hardwood, like oak, maple, or hickory, throughout. Since the planks are usually quite thick, they can be refinished repeatedly through the decades. This restoration process means that solid wood can last for generations, potentially the life of your home. Solid hardwood tends to be pricier and it isn’t a good match for spaces that are below grade or particularly humid.
Engineered hardwood is built for the modern home and it’s particularly suitable for our humid climate. Engineered planks are created by laminating 3 to 7 layers of composite wood together instead of one solid piece. At the surface, hardwood manufacturers place a genuine hardwood veneer, so solid and engineered floors look identical from above. This type of wood flooring is denser and often less pricey. Because of its layered construction, it’s more water-resistant and often better at handling heavier foot traffic. You can install engineered planks on any level of your home, including the basement, and we often recommend this flooring option for homeowners in our humid region. Most varieties will allow for a refinish or two over its long lifespan.
Hardwood flooring is a wonderful way to spruce up your space, but it needs to be installed and situated thoughtfully. Solid hardwood must be installed on or above grade. Engineered hardwood offers a bit more flexibility and can be used in spaces below grade. Generally, hardwood flooring is best limited to spaces not prone to excessive moisture or humidity. It should never be installed in a bathroom or laundry room, unless you’re using a waterproof hardwood brand like our Hydrotek™ H20 collection.
Coastal Carpet One Floor & Home is your local hardwood floor store. We have an extensive inventory of wood flooring options that includes all the latest in solid and engineered hardwood technology. As part of Carpet One Floor & Home, which is the nation’s largest cooperative of independent flooring stores, we boast the buying power of nearly a thousand other stores and highly competitive pricing. We are also locally-owned and operated, so you get the best of both worlds: a friendly, neighborhood store environment and always low prices. Visit our Destin, FL showroom today and explore our hardwood flooring brands. You can also shop our hardwood selection online now!
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