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[sm_column_text]Solid Hardwood Flooring  is milled from a single, usually 3/4″, thick piece of hardwood. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall.

Solid hardwood is, and only is, hardwood from top to bottom and side to side. Solid hardwood is for people who have long term ideas in mind and do not mind installing different types of flooring throughout the household.  Solid wood gains unique characteristics and retains value over many years.[/sm_column_text]

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[sm_column_text]Engineered hardwood generally consists of a layered product made of thin hardwood on top and variants consisting of a high quality core.  Engineered hardwood’s core is made up of multiple layers of wood stacked in a cross-grain configuration which minimizes expanding and shrinking.

Engineered wood is for people who want the look of wood but who have a pragmatic taste and budget.  Engineered wood can be installed in more rooms of the house than with solid wood.  It will return value, but will not have the durability that solid wood offers. Engineered hardwood provides an advantage over solid hardwood because of the ability to install in multiple areas of the home.[/sm_column_text]

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[sm_image align=”full” image=”16465″][sm_column_text]Hardwood comes in a vast amount of species which vary in several traits including durability, grain styles, grain patterns, and color. Oak, Cherry and Maple are among the most popular species due to their hard exterior. Exotic woods are also available and vary among Mahogany and Brazilian Cherry. However the exotic wood isn’t as long-lasting as normal species but are prized for their luxurious appearance.[/sm_column_text]
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[sm_column_text]#1: Location:
The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

  • On Grade – at ground level
  • Above Grade – any second level or higher
  • Below Grade – any floor below ground level, including basements or sunkenliving rooms.

Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well suited for below-grade installations because of possible moisture issues. The construction of an engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability that allows it to be installed at any grade level when a moisture barrier is used during installation.

#2: What type of subfloor do you have?
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[sm_section_header title=”Why Choose Hardwood?” subtitle=”Considerable Reasons” underline_width=”45″][sm_column_text]Hardwood is the perfection of portraying images of richness, charm, and a classical feel. Wood floors will last you a lifetime and gain character as they age.[/sm_column_text][sm_icon_list_item icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-check-square-o” icon_color=”#006621″]Hardwood floors can look new and shiny or offer wood that looks like an antique and adds timeworn characteristics to your environment.

[/sm_icon_list_item][sm_icon_list_item icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-check-square-o” icon_color=”#006621″]Hardwood floors require less maintenance. Hardwood floors are sealed surfaces with a protective layer of finish and are more stain resistant than other types of flooring.

[/sm_icon_list_item][sm_icon_list_item icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-check-square-o” icon_color=”#006621″]Hardwood floors use less water & energy to produce that can be recycled at the end of their life cycle; making it an unbelievably sustainable product.

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Happy Feet International’s diverse flooring offerings gives every option needed for today’s interiors.

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Angle guarantees products of the highest quality, using the best materials, methods and man power.

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[sm_featurebox icon_type=”pe_icon_7_stroke” icon_pe=”pe-7s-server” title=”DURABILITY” icon_pos=”sm-icon-left” icon_size=”36px” icon_wrap_style=”sm-wrap-double-circle” icon_color=”sm-white” css_animation=”fadeInRight” icon=”fa fa-expand”]Maintained properly, hardwood flooring will never have to be replaced. Not to mention NOTHING beats a lifetime worthy purchase.

[/sm_featurebox][sm_featurebox icon_type=”pe_icon_7_stroke” icon_pe=”pe-7s-leaf” title=”HEALTHY LIFESTYLE” icon_pos=”sm-icon-left” icon_size=”36px” icon_wrap_style=”sm-wrap-double-circle” icon_color=”sm-white” css_animation=”fadeInRight” icon=”fa fa-area-chart”]Recommended by the American Lung Association to improve air quality, hardwood flooring traps fewer allergens including pollen, dust and mites than alternative flooring types.

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