Hardwood Flooring 101: Back to the Basics

What is Hardwood Flooring?
Hardwood Flooring is just that: It’s a series of interlocking planks made of a certain type of lumber, be it walnut, oak, maple, or many others. How is it different from other flooring?
Besides the composition of the materials, Hardwood Flooring is vastly different in many ways: Hardwood floors are typically more expensive, more durable, and environmentally safer.We’re A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and members of the National Wood Flooring Association.


Why should I get Hardwood Floors? I already have carpet/tile.
While those types of flooring are cheaper, you get what you pay for. Tile is easily chipped, or scratched, and does not usually last long with its initial quality. Carpet is even worse, as it lasts the least amount of time of all three, and can even be harmful to you and your family. Harmful? Come on.
Studies by the EPA and other publicly-funded organizations (http://living.amuchbetterway.com/toxic-carpet-dangerous-toxins-that-live/) show that carpets are made of toxic substances, not to mention the fact that the insects living there pose a threat to anyone with allergies or sensitivities to certain insects. Call (800) 608-6007 to let us safeguard your home today!I clean my carpet every week, though!
It doesn’t matter. Carpets over time will accumulate insects, mold, and a variety of other toxic substances. Your carpet may look clean, but it really isn’t.

Read our related blog post entitled Floor Wars: Wood VS Carpet for more information on how carpeting can be harmful to you and your loved ones.

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Okay, what about tile?
While tile does not pose the same risks as carpet, there are still many factors that should be considered. The majority of household accidents involving floors are made worse by having tile, as the person falling will hit a rigid floor. Tile, while initially durable, will succumb to repeated blows in the same area, i.e it will chip and crack eventually.

So Hardwood is the answer?
Yes, actually. a Hardwood floors installation is the most recommended type of flooring by safety contractors for a myriad of reasons. Since the planks are interlocked and not a rigid, solid piece, they absorb impact quite well and reduce the injury if fallen upon. Hardwood also does not chip, and will not crack except under great pressure. Finally, Hardwood is as clean as it looks, and does not harbor any  toxins or insects; in fact, there are even “Green”, EPA-approved Hardwood Floors that are environmentally-safe. Remember, you get what you pay for!

Hardwood it is, then! What’s my first step?
Well, you could call Century Custom Hardwood Floors. We’re a local business that has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and hundreds of glowing customer recommendations. We specialize exclusively in anything pertaining to Hardwood Flooring and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Give us a try, you won’t be disappointed!

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Hardwood Flooring IS the Best Choice, but why?
Recently, a customer walked in our North Hollywood showroom with no knowledge of hardwood floors, but great interest. Our staff greeted him and spoke to him about his curiosity. We answered every question he had, and then some. He walked out with an appointment as well as accurate knowledge of hardwood floors, safe that he was making the best decision about his floors. Why should you feel the same way? For starters, hardwood flooring is the best choice you can make in regard to your main floor type. The various sub types- maple, oak, walnut, bamboo, etc- all have great applications in your home. These floors will make your home look great, and will drastically increase the resale value or ”rentability” of your home. Get started today with a Free on-site estimate, Call (800) 608-6007 to schedule one!

Hardwood floors are also much safer, both for you, your family, and for the environment, as well as standing the test of time. How are they safer? Hardwood flooring is made up of a series of interlocking planks, unlike tile and its singular, solid pieces. What this means is better impact absorption, and increased durability. What it really means is softer falls for you and long lasting floors. Hardwood also does not harbor any toxins or insects, unlike carpet. Studies have shown that new carpets are made with harmful materials, materials you and your family are exposed to everyday. Not to mention all the bugs your carpet harbors, in addition to the mold growing underneath.

Hardwood has none of these problems, and some hardwoods are even “green” and EPA-approved. Century Custom Hardwood Floor Inc. has all this and more, so give us a call at (800) 608-6007 or submit a Quick Quote Request.

Remember, you get what you pay for, so why skimp out on yourself and yours?

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