Hardwood planks can be solid or engineered

Hardwood is a classic flooring choice that always gives a home an upscale look and increases its value. Solid hardwood, both unfinished and prefinished, can be laid in any room where moisture is not expected. Engineered products broaden the use of hardwood in the home. Avita Carpet & Flooring offers unfinished, prefinished, and engineered wood flooring as well as installation and other flooring services. We serve Westland, MI, Wayne, MI, Livonia, MI, Taylor, MI, Romulus, MI, Canton, MI, Ypsilanti, MI, Ann Arbor, MI, Garden City, MI, and Inkster, MI. Our design consultants can assist you throughout your home upgrade project, from decision-making through installation and beyond.

Unfinished vs finished planks

Unfinished solid wood planks are finished on-site. Oak is the standard wood choice, but other very hardwoods such as maple and cherry are also popular. Hickory, walnut, bamboo, and teak are a few of the many other available wood species. If you are interested in exotic wood, look for a species that is insect and water-resistant, especially if you’d like to install it in your bathroom or kitchen. Expect an on-site project to take about two weeks. This includes the time it takes to sand the floor and apply the stain and sealer as well as the 7 days needed for acclimation. The finished floor will have a flush look if it is installed in your home. In contrast, your new floor will have a beveled look if planks have received factory-applied treatments. Finished planks can be installed in one day, and you can begin to use the floor as soon as it is laid. Finishing treatments applied in the factory are more durable than those available for on-site applications. Both unfinished and finished wood is glued or nailed to the subfloor, and both can be refinished in later years. Warranties on high-quality products can be 25 years or more.

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Engineered planks

Engineered planks have a layer of hardwood on top of plywood. These moisture-resistant planks can be installed in a basement, but many products are not appropriate for bathrooms. You’ll find a variety of wood species that have a matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finish. Look for surface effects like hand-scraped and distressed if you desire extra visual appeal. Quality engineered hardwood floors have at least three layers. Planks are usually connected to create a floating floor.

Avita Carpet & Flooring has a showroom in Westland, Michigan. We offer many brands that feature all types of wood species, including exotic woods. We can answer any questions that you have about flooring and installation, and we can give you information about the additional services that we provide.