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All About Hardwood Floors

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 designed with hardwood floors its own character and charm that will last for decades with the proper care.

Still have questions about hardwood flooring? Reach out to us online or visit our experts at the 2nd Street Floors showroom! We’re happy to help with all of your flooring questions and needs.

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Hardwood styles

Hardwood Styles

Hardwood flooring styles are as varied as the wood species from which they’re made. Each species has its own unique natural characteristics, such as variations in knotholes, wood grains and mineral streaks. Some species are lighter, and others darker. A few common species include:

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Hardwood species grown in the US are referred to as domestic hardwoods – any other species is an exotic hardwood. At 2nd Street Floors, many of our customers take pride in supporting local businesses – or, at the very least, businesses on American soil. Domestic flooring is often manufactured from high-quality hardwoods. You’ll find domestic floors available in maple, oak, American cherry (not to be confused with Brazilian cherry), American walnut (as opposed to Brazilian walnut), pine and hickory.Some of the best exotic species commonly available include mahogany, bamboo, Brazilian cherry and Brazilian walnut. Note that neither of these lists is all-inclusive – there are many more options from which to choose!

Distressed hardwood style

If you’re looking for an especially unique-looking floor, you may want to try a distressed wood look. Manufacturers put their floors through certain processes to give them the look of antique or reclaimed wood, a much sought-after style that isn’t always easy (or affordable) to obtain.

Distressed hardwood styles solve both of those problems by making the antique look more accessible and adding another level of customization – you can choose exactly the color, species and look you want, right out of the box.

Hand-scraped and wire-brushed are both examples of distressed styles that fit in with rustic, country-inspired homes. Ask the experts here at 2nd Street Floors for more info about the differences between each!

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