Your Abbey expert can advise you whether solid or engineered is right for you. Now, the fun really begins! You get to design your new wood floor.
Color Color will have a huge influence on your buying decision. There are many colors available because of the natural color and graining of the species and the stain that’s applied to the wood. The lighting in your room also plays a role in how the wood will appear. Ask our experts for samples that you can take home before you make your final selection.
Width Hardwood flooring is generally described by board width. A strip is less than 3” wide. Planks are 3” or wider. The width of individual boards has a dramatic influence on the look of your floor. Wide widths will complement a large room but could overwhelm a small area. Select the look that you like the best and one that works with your style and the architecture of your home.
Edge Detail The way that the edges and ends of boards are cut is called edge detail. Edge detail options include square, microbeveled, eased and beveled. If you’re going for a dramatic effect you should select a beveled edge. This emphasizes the definition of individual boards. Square edges bring a smooth and seamless appearance.
Finish Today many manufacturers offer extra tough urethane finishes, which means that the hardwood flooring will hold up to heavy use and traffic. These urethane finishes allow the wood to maintain its luster for years without having to wax or refinish them.
Installation Once you have decided on your new hardwood floor, the next important step is to have it installed. You’ll have to decide in what direction the floor will be laid. There are also design accents like borders and medallions that will add another design dimension to your room. You can trust our Experts to provide the appropriate installation techniques that will give you a new hardwood floor that will look stunning and last for years.
Installing a floor with the boards running across the width or on the diagonal of a narrow room will create a more spacious environment.