Bring the Elegance of Hardwood Flooring Into Your Home

For centuries, hardwood flooring has been adding elegance and beauty to homes around the world. Few flooring systems can compare to the deep, rich appearance that fine hardwood flooring has to offer. In the past, however, the cost of hardwood flooring was more than many homeowners could afford. But, that has changed. Now, you can have hardwood flooring in any or all the rooms of your home, at a cost that is certain to please.

the advantages of Hardwood flooring



Resistance to scratches, stains and fading.

beauty & style

Get a beautiful timeless look with Hardwood floors.


Add Hardwood floors to any room in your home.

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We carry all types of hardwood flooring!

There are basically two types of hardwood flooring: Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Each has its own benefits, and to know which type is best for your needs is the first step in choosing your new hardwood floor.

Solid hardwood can be used above grade and is nailed down onto wood subfloors. It should not be used below grade, as moisture levels can ruin the flooring in a short amount of time.

Engineered hardwood can be used above or below grade, and it is installed in a variety of ways including glue down, staple down, or floating.

We carry the hardwood species you want!

There are literally hundreds of different hardwood species available to homeowners today. From traditional hardwood flooring such as oak and walnut, to more exotic hardwoods such as bamboo and cinnabar, the hardwood flooring options you have today are truly impressive.

Because you now have so many options in hardwood flooring, it is easy to find the perfect color, tone, and plank size that you want. In fact, one of the harder parts of buying new hardwood flooring is deciding which one you want!

We offer expert hardwood advice!

At Metro Flooring, we know it can be challenging to select the perfect hardwood floor for your home. This is why we offer our expert advice to any customer who needs help. We have years of working with hardwood flooring, and we are indeed happy to share our expertise with you.

Why not give us a call, or better yet, drop by our San Diego flooring store and let's discuss your hardwood flooring needs today? When it comes to hardwood flooring, Metro Flooring should be your first stop!

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What is Hardwood?

The term “hardwood” applies to varieties of wood flooring that are made entirely of wood (not to be confused with laminate, which is actually compressed fiberboard topped with a visual of wood, stone or another printed design on paper.) Genuine hardwood is real wood, through and through, providing warmth, character and sophistication to discriminating homeowners. The hardwood family of floors is large and varied. You'll want to be aware of its three main branches: Engineered, Solid, and Floating (European Longstrip).
Solid hardwood is just that, 100% solid wood which is normally nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor. Most are ¾” thick, although there are “thin-profile” solids that are 5/16” and 7/16” thick that can be nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor, or glued to concrete. Most solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed to a subfloor and is susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes making is unsuitable for installation directly over concrete, and not usually recommended for below grade use.
Engineered hardwood is also 100% wood. It is manufactured by permanent bonding together multiple layers of solid wood in a cross-ply construction. Engineered hardwood, ranging from ¼” to 5/8” thick, is designed to have superior strength and moisture/humidity resistance. Just like solid hardwood, many engineered hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished if desired.
Floating hardwood (European Longstrip) is also 100% wood. It features all the benefits of engineered plank flooring plus even more installation versatility. These floors are a version of engineered wood products, but they have their own unique composition, and therefore their own category. The top layer of these long planks is made up of individual fillets or slats that are glued together to make up the facing of each plank. This is a floor that does not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor and can be installed over most existing floors.

Where to Install Hardwood Flooring?

You'll hear the terms “above grade” and “below grade.” “Above grade” means it's installed at or above grade level, and “below grade” describes an area below ground level, such as a basement. Not every kind of hardwood can be used in every location.

Engineered flooring's cross-ply construction enables installation below, on, or above grade; even over concrete. It resists expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Engineered flooring is typically glued down, stapled down or floated. Some manufacturers offer locking engineered flooring for a floating installation without glue, nails or staples.

Most solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed to a subfloor and is susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes making it unsuitable for installation directly over concrete (the main subfloor in Southern California) and not usually recommended for below grade use. Some manufacturers offer a thin-profile (5/16”) solid that can be glued down over concrete. Hardwood flooring is a great choice for just about any room in your home. However, it is not recommended for full baths where frequent tub and shower spills are likely to occur.
Solid Thin-Profile Solid Engineered
Board Thickness 3/4” 5/16” 1/4” – 5/8”
Board Width Strips & Planks Strips & Planks Strips & Planks
Where Installed On Grade or Above Grade On Grade or Above Grade Below Grade, On Grade or Above Grade
Subfloor Wood Wood, Concrete or Existing floor Wood, Concrete, or Existing Floor
How Installed Nail Staple or Glue Glue, Staple or Float

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