Hardwood Flooring

The Exceptional Beauty of Hardwood

brings an elegance to your home that is timeless.

Have you Ever Wondered Why Hardwood Floors are So Sought After?


Even over tile, luxury vinyl plank, and carpet, because hardwood floors are timeless. Hardwood flooring will always be in style. It is classic. It not only transforms the look of your home, but hardwood flooring increases the value of your home as well. When considering your home for resale, you can take comfort knowing that hardwood floors will show well and bring a larger ROI than any other flooring solution.

Hardwood floors are timeless and will never go out of style. Sure, you may have to refresh it. But it’s a lot less work to refinish a floor than it is to remove and replace it. Yes, we’ve all heard the argument that hardwood floors are susceptible to damage. And yes, there’s a lot of truth to that. But, how many other types of flooring can you restore to look brand new after 100 years? Hardwood is extremely durable.Think about it. If you install your hardwood when your children are young, you can expect wear and tear. But once your children age, you can sand and refinish your floors to look as good as they did the day you installed them.

Great for Allergy Sufferers

One of the major selling points of hardwood in East Tennessee is the fact it is great for allergy sufferers. There are over 1,000 different species of plants, flowers, and trees in our area. Hardwood is able to resist and repel those pesky allergens including pollen and pet dander. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends hardwood flooring for people with asthma. If you have children who spend a lot of time on the floor, you will appreciate how easy it is to sanitize the hardwood. Hardwood is low maintenance. If you have a busy home filled with children and pets you will be grateful for the performance of hardwood flooring.

So, What About Engineered Wood Floors?

For starters, it's a dead ringer for solid wood, faster to install, and less prone to moisture damage. Our Design Consultants help you decide which high-tech, low-fuss boards are best for your application and style. Since their invention in the 1960s, engineered wood floors have improved in appearance and performance, accounting for 30 percent of all the wood flooring sold in America today. Available in dozens of wood species, and with new surface effects, such as hand scraped, for a timeworn patina, these high-tech boards now look just right in any vintage house, whether it's a 1910 foursquare or a '70s raised ranch, as well as brand new homes. Most boards come with a factory finish that'll outlast one applied in your home on solid wood, and they'll be ready for footsteps the day you put them down. Engineered boards are also problem-solvers, allowing you to use them where solid strips often can't go, like in basements or directly over concrete slabs.

Engineered wood is a stable stack of wood veneers glued together like plywood and milled into strips that resemble solid boards. So, yes, it IS real wood, through and through!

Does it hold up?
Warranties on the finish range from 10 to 30 years under "normal wear." That means one or two dogs per household, not 10. Most companies provide lifetime warranties against veneer delamination.

How to care for it?
Mop with a microfiber cloth and wood floor cleaner to remove the dirt that scratches the finish and shortens the floor's life.

Where to Install it

Engineered flooring goes anywhere you'd put solid wood—and some places you couldn't.

Good, better, best
Engineered flooring runs the gamut from the low end to the high end. To judge quality, check the thickness of the "wear layer," or top skin of wood; the number of veneers in the core; and the number of finish coats—all of which affect price and warranty. Typically, the more layers, the better. Below, see how the three common classes of engineered boards stack up.

Good: 3-ply construction; 1-2 mm wear layer; 5 finish coats; 10- to 15-year warranty; ¼ inch thick. Options limited to common species, such as oak or ash, and just a few stains.

Better: 5 plys; 2-3 mm wear layer; 7 finish coats; 15- to 25-year warranty; ¼ inch thick. More species, such as cherry, beech, and some exotics; all stains and a few surface effects, such as distressing.

Best: 7-9 plys or more; 3 mm-plus wear layer, which can be sanded two or more times; 9 finish coats; 25-year-plus warranty; 5/8 to ¾ inch thick. Widest selection of species; reclaimed options; and more surface treatments, such as hand scraped and wire brushed.

Why Hardness Matters

The harder the top layer, the more resilient it is to dents and the longer it'll keep its like-new looks. But hardness isn't the only factor to consider. Dense woods with less grain, like maple, show dings more readily than a slightly softer wood with a bold grain, like red oak. And floors with little or no gloss are better at hiding scratches and wear. The chart below compares the hardness of popular wood species.

In Basements
The moisture that gathers here wreaks havoc on solid wood flooring. Because the veneer layers used for engineered boards crisscross like plywood, the wood's natural tendency to expand and contract in humid areas is reduced. The boards' thinner profile also helps where headroom is at a premium.

During Remodels
The range of thickness options, starting as low as ¼ inch, allow you to finesse transitions between different types of flooring at doorways and stairways that would be awkward or impossible with standard ¾-inch solid flooring. You can also lay engineered flooring over any flat, stable surface, including ceramic tile, sheet vinyl, and existing wood floors.

Over Radiant Heat
Thinner engineered boards transfer heat better than thick solid wood and are more stable. Floating floors are best because they don't need staples or nails that might puncture wires or hot-water tubes. Check with the radiant system's manufacturer before using a foam underlayment, which interferes with heat flow.

Where Not to Use It
While engineered flooring handles swings in moisture better than solid flooring, it has limitations. The wet feet, drips, and soggy towels of a busy bathroom, mixed with steam from a shower, put even stable engineered boards at risk. The same threat hangs over laundry rooms.

At A Walk of Elegance,

our Design Consultants will help you decide which option is right for you and teach you how to maintain your floors. Whether you choose hardwood, engineered wood, carpet, tile, or luxury vinyl plank, A Walk of Elegance will walk with you every step of the way from installation to cleaning and maintaining your flooring.
Another advantage of hardwood flooring is it is environmentally responsible since it is a renewable resource. Hardwood has all the natural tones, textures, and wood grain that work together to visually enhance the entire ambiance of your home. Hardwood truly is a fantastic flooring solution to consider for your home.

imageBenefits of Hardwood

  • Easily maintained.
  • Great long-term value.
  • Excellent for allergies.
  • Can be refinished, so your investment last decades.