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Floor styles

Style is what makes each of us unique, makes you, well, you. And the same applies to hardwood flooring. Knowing the distinct hardwood styles can also help you decide if this floor covering is the solution for the way you live. Considering the vast amount of design options available today with hardwood floors, you can create a look “all your own” that will have lasting beauty and durability. Choosing the best hardwood floor covering is really about finding the right combination of aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

There are two main styles of hardwood flooring, Smooth Finished and Distressed.
 
Smooth finished wood floors in San Diego CA
Hand scraped and distressed wood floors in San Diego CA
 
Smooth Finished floors are rooted in tradition, but recognizing today's demand for livability and comfort, these floors combines the timeless, classic grace of yesterday with a fresh and innovative feeling of today. Smooth finished hardwood floors can add warm elegance and natural charm to any room of your home. Get lasting appeal and the foundation for a number of fashionable looks. More consumers than ever are taking a global view when selecting their flooring. The dramatic possibilities of such hardwood as bamboo, teak, and Brazilian cherry are bringing an entirely new look to flooring. Exotic hardwood flooring styles offer rich hues, varying graining pattern, and beautiful color variations. These unique products express elegance and style with a sense of adventure.

Hand-scraped and Distressed hardwood floors
are becoming a popular choice in today's upscale homes and commercial buildings. These floors are a newer trend but are rooted in history. Before today's modern sanding methods, floors were hand scraped on site to make the floors flat. Today's hand scraping is done to add texture, richness and uniqueness. Distressed hardwood flooring is done by machine or by hand. In an effort to reduce high labor costs, manufacturers have created machine-made distressed/scraped looking floors. These are cheaper imitations of the real thing. The problem with machine distressing is repetition of the pattern. As you look across the floor you see the same pattern repeating across the floor. This lacks a natural feel to the floor.
 
True hand scraped is exactly that, done by hand. When properly done this method creates a truly unique floor. These floors differ greatly in the amount of the texture added to the floor and the skill of the person scraping the floor. Handworked textures and finishes suffuse unique character and artisan appeal into each element of these types of hardwood.

Within each species of hardwood you will have a choice of color and finishes. Here's where it pays to shop carefully. When selecting a color, choose one that either coordinates or contrasts with your cabinetry and furniture. Also keep in mind that darker woods tend to be more formal while natural colors are more casual. With all the choices out there, you can be confident of finding the hardwood floor that'll cover your lifestyle easily, beautifully and durably.