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Hardwood flooring boasts a longstanding tradition of beautifying our homes. Prized for its longevity, hardwood flooring holds onto its value by adding enduring, natural textures to your favorite interiors.


At Smith & Purvis Carpet One Floor & Home in Hammond, LA, you’ll encounter the most comprehensive inventory of solid and engineered hardwood flooring in greater Tangipahoa Parish and beyond. Here, you’ll find all the latest innovations by leading hardwood manufacturers like Baroque, Rustic River, Mannington, Hydrotek, and other top brands. Are you thinking of installing new hardwood flooring soon? Here are some things you should know.


Best Hardwood Flooring Styles

Hardwood flooring is available in a plethora of distinctive styles, patterns, and species. Hardwood’s design possibilities are expanding, and now you can choose multi-length and multi-width planks to give your floors more dimension. The type of hardwood flooring you choose impacts how it’ll perform in your home.


Types of Wood Flooring 

Hardwood flooring is as varied as the trees of the world’s forests. You’ll encounter a wide range of products crafted from both domestic and exotic species. Pine, maple, and oak are among the traditional domestic varieties, while exotic choices include mahogany and acacia. One critical factor to consider is that every species has unique traits. Choose wisely and pay attention to hardness levels.


What is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood comprises three to seven layers of real wood veneers pressed together cross-grain. This layered construction makes the planks more stable, and able to resist to natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to changes in humidity. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks like solid hardwood. Certain engineered products can even be sanded and refinished in the future. Engineered hardwood flooring can go on all levels of your home, but still should not go in areas with excessive moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. 


Solid hardwood flooring is the most traditional option. Its classic design allows the wood to display natural characteristics. These planks feature a uniform construction comes in sizes that are usually ¾” thick. Solid hardwood is beautiful and adds significant property value. It does require careful installation. Solid hardwood flooring is best reserved for dry, cool spaces of your home with minimal foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office.


Hardwood Installation 

Engineered hardwood flooring offers tremendous flexibility in terms of installation. These manufactured planks can grace all levels of your home, including finished basements and other areas set below the grade. Solid hardwood requires a bit more consideration: bedrooms and living room, for example. A quiet, dry space where relative humidity levels remain consistent is the safest habitat for solid hardwood.


As your local flooring source, we want to ensure your hardwood floors get installed correctly so you can enjoy them for years to come. We recommend hiring professionals for all types of flooring installation. Before your installation begins, our flooring professionals will come to your home and perform and free in-home measurement. Moisture testing is a key step before installation to ensure your subfloors are suitable for hardwood flooring. A damp subfloor can cause damage to your hardwood over time if not evaluated. Your subfloor will be checked to make sure it is flat, clean, dry, and free of imperfections. After your new hardwood flooring in place, it is important to leave a gap between the planks and the walls to allow the hardwood to naturally expand. There should be no gaps though between the planks to ensure a seamless surface.


Our Hardwood Floor Selection

Smith & Purvis Carpet One Floor & Home is an independently owned and operated North America's favorite flooring cooperative member. Please visit us soon at 1905 North Morrison Boulevard in Hammond, LA, to browse our latest hardwood displays.


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Waterproof Hardwood

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