Hardwood looks vary according to what species you choose. Cherry wood, for example, has a deep, rich color, is very dense and is very durable. Oak has a different look completely and designs can vary based upon the grain of the wood. Still another species that gives a different appearance is hickory, one of the hardest woods available.
Species determines a lot about the look, but also the durability. Some species are softer than others are and may require resanding more often. Harder species are more resistant to scuffs, but may need to be restained from time to time. Almost all of the hardwood species are available to Myrtle Beach residents.
The most sought after hardwood is solid, which means it is real wood, through and through. Since they must be nailed down, a plywood subfloor needs to be present to attach it to. Solid flooring is also subject to swell and condense, depending upon the humidity level. For this reason, we do not recommend having it installed in basement areas.
Engineered flooring is a veneer that is attached to a core of processed material. It takes changes in humidity and temperature better, so you can use it in any area of the home. Additionally, it can be glued as well as nailed, so it is a better candidate for topping a concrete floor.
Either type of hardwood will work well in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas.
Cleaning and Waxing
It’s easy to clean hardwood flooring. A simple sweeping and wet mop or vacuum will usually do the trick. There are particular cleaners specifically for hardwood flooring and you can use those from time to time as well.
Wax is fine on hardwoods that have not been prefinished. If you do decide to wax a prefinished floor, however if you do, it must be done frequently. Remember that wax can make a hardwood floor slippery, and it will also dull the finish of the wood.
If you happen to be in the Longs, SC area, stop in at our showroom there to check out all our hardwood flooring options.