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Hardwood Flooring

Rich tradition and natural elegance

Hardwood flooring has long been loved by homeowners for its natural beauty and its ability to turn any room into a unique work of art. Hardwood flooring is available in many species, colors, and finishes, complementing any sense of style in almost any space. Learn more about the characteristics and benefits of choosing hardwood flooring for your next project.

Why choose hardwood?

For centuries, hardwood flooring has been one of the most popular options for home flooring. It’s a versatile solution with tons of style variation. Every individual plank of hardwood flooring is a unique piece of nature, and they change over time with age and wear. This gives every room its own character and charm that will last for decades with the proper care.

Reflections ash | Village Custom Interiors
Fifth avenue Oak flooring | Village Custom Interiors
shaw hardwood flooring

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

Solid hardwood planks are each made from a single, solid piece of real wood. Engineered hardwood planks each consist of a thin slice of hardwood layered on top of another piece of high-quality wood composite, such as plywood. Engineered wood is less durable but much more versatile. It can be installed on any grade, even in basements.

The durability of your hardwood (and therefore, its longevity) is determined largely by the thickness of each plank, in addition to other factors such as the wear layer and finish. Standard hardwood planks come in a few different thicknesses. A ½-inch or 3/8-inch thickness is common for engineered hardwood planks. Solid hardwood floors, on the other hand, are much thicker. This extra thickness allows for repeated refinishing, one of the chief benefits of solid hardwood over engineered. Engineered wood can still be sanded down but only once or twice during its lifetime.

solid oak hardwood in transitional living room | Village Custom Interiors
hardwood flooring in bedroom | Village Custom Interiors
maple engineered hardwood | Village Custom Interiors

Hardwood texturing

Hand-scraped hardwood adds a warm, soft look that many find comforting. This look can be applied to both engineered and solid hardwood for a timeless, age-old feel.

Wire-brushed hardwood has a smooth yet textured look. This is achieved by gliding wire brushes along each plank and it can be done to both engineered and solid hardwood.

Distressing is an artistic process that simulates age and wear. This distressed look often complements rustic looks, adding antique appeal to any home.

Smooth hardwood is a tradition in homes and businesses. Choose from low, medium, or high-gloss finishes to achieve any look. You'll find that smooth hardwood lends elegance and charm as well as sleekness.

Get inspired by our hardwood gallery and find ideas to use in your home!
Learn about the hardwood installation process at Village Custom Interiors.
Read these maintenance tips to help prolong the life of your new hardwood.