Hardwood Flooring Species


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Hardwood flooring is unmatched in beauty, durability, and time-to-market in modern homes. Hardwood flooring adds value to your home and creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in your indoor spaces. It also gives your home an authentic look that is unmatched by other types of flooring. My Affordable Floors is the local expert in hardwood flooring installation in Milwaukee Racine and Chicago. We would love to help you beautify your home using hardwood flooring.

My Affordable Flooring can help answer all your questions before you start with hardwood flooring installation. The most frequently asked question is about the types of hardwood that can be used for Floor mod. This information will help you make a decision and select the right species of wood to fit your home.

Red Oak, White Oak and Maple hardwood flooring have been used in American homes for years. These domestic hardwood species can be used in traditional settings, or to complement existing furniture or cabinets. Natural Red Oak remains one of the most popular wood species due to its hardiness, beautiful grain pattern and durability. The Janka hardness rating for Red Oak is used to compare the hardness of all wood species. Except for a few exceptions, domestic wood species tend to be lighter in color than other wood types, unless they are stained a specific color. My Affordable Floors can install many types of domestic wood species including engineered, clicklocking, hand-scraped, character grade and natural.

Even the most expensive wood flooring can react to moisture. Moisture can cause wood to shrink during dry winter heating. This can lead to unsightly gaps between planks. The wood expands and absorbs moisture when humidity is higher in the summer. Too much moisture can cause wood planks and other materials to buckle or cup, causing them to look distorted and affecting the floor’s smoothness. When installing a wood floor in your home, it is crucial to properly acclimate the wood materials. It is also important to allow adequate expansion space around perimeter and fixed objects. The manufacturer recommends that the relative humidity of the home be maintained between 30 and 50%. This will minimize movement in the wood flooring.

My Affordable Floors has over 20 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We know how to install any type of hardwood flooring in any home, to suit every style and lifestyle. Our extensive experience and skills will ensure you find the perfect floor for your home and help you maximize your investment.


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