Hardwood flooring in Mt. Pleasant, SC from Flooring Factory

How to choose the perfect hardwood flooring species

Shopping for new floors can be a little overwhelming. Hardwood flooring is no exception because there are many species to choose from.

We want to help you simplify the process when shopping for wood flooring in Goose Creek, SC, or Mt. Pleasant, SC. So, before you even step into the flooring store, here are some things to consider.

Domestic or exotic species?

Domestics like oak, maple, hickory, walnut, or ash are harvested within North America. This is because they are warmer and more traditional.

Exotics, like Brazilian cherry, teak, or ebony, come from Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Indonesia. They are darker and more dramatic.

Solid or engineered wood flooring?

There are two types of hardwood flooring. Solid is one thickness throughout.

Water is “Public Enemy #1” of solid wood, so always wipe spills immediately.

Another type of hardwood appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality.

Engineered wood floors look, on the surface, solid. However, you'll still have the beautiful undertones, raised grains, and quirky knots that we expect with hardwood.

The construction underneath makes them more stable and better able to handle water.

Extra durability needs

While all hardwood is durable, it's essential to remember that some species are harder than others.

Let your flooring expert know if you need super strong wood. Also, ask about the Janka Scale of Hardness; anything over 1200 is considered hard.

Species you might consider are oak, hickory, ash, Cabreuva/Santos Mahogany, or teak– which you'll find in our hardwood flooring inventory.

Visit our hardwood flooring store today

At locally-owned Flooring Factory, we have staff designers who will help you find the best hardwood flooring for your style, needs, and budget. We carry only top brands like Mirage, Mullican, Mohawk, and more.

Visit us today to learn about our quick turnaround times and excellent customer service in our two showroom locations, Mt. Pleasant and Goose Creek, SC. We work with homeowners and businesses in Goose Creek, Charleston, Summerville, Mount Pleasant, and Daniel Island.