Both domestics, harvested from North America, and exotics, are harvested from Brazil, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Domestics tend to be warmer and more traditional, while exotics are dark, dramatic, and always very hard. The most popular species are oak, walnut, hickory, maple, ash, and cherry. The selection comes down to your personal preference for color, hardness, and grain pattern.
The finish, not to be confused with stain, is the clear protective coating at the top. Many prefer on-site finishing because there are more colors, which allow for greater customization possibilities. These floors also have a smoother surface since sanding is done between coats. Others like factories finished because they see what they are getting and can start coordinating even before the floor arrives. There's also no mess or odors, and these floors tend to be stronger because a commercial-grade finish that can be used in factories but not in the home is used.
Whether it's the more complicated tongue and groove of solid hardwood or a less complicated floating floor, Norris Material & Supply Flooring Center will assure you of a quality, craftsman-like installation. To learn more about hardwood flooring, come into our Fort Smith, AR showroom
, especially if you live or work around Fort Smith, AR, Van Buren, AR, Barling, AR, Arkoma, OK, Wright Town, AR and West Fort Smith, OK. Be sure to ask about your free hardwood flooring quote.