Hardwood floors have been beautiful additions to homes across the world for hundreds of years. And because of modern advancements in flooring technology, hardwood floors are cheaper than ever to install. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta answer all kinds of questions about hardwood floors every day. We’ve listed some of our most frequently touched-on hardwood flooring topics below.

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Dark hardwood floors

Dark hardwood floors can help create a powerful contrast with light colored cabinets and baseboards.   They can add a luxurious look to high value homes. Brazilian cherry is a commonly installed dark hardwood floor. One drawback of dark hardwood is that it tends to show more dust and dirt than lighter toned hardwood flooring.

Installing unfinished or finished hardwood flooring

Unfinished hardwood is raw hardwood that needs to be sanded and refinished after it’s nailed to the floor. This is in contrast to pre-finished hardwood (where hardwood planks have been finished in the factory). There are several benefits to installing unfinished hardwood. First, if your home has existing hardwood floors, unfinished hardwood makes it easier to match up the color. Second, pre-finished hardwood can be prone to having dirt getting trapped between its edges. Unfinished hardwood doesn’t have that problem.

Hand scraped hardwood flooring

Hand scraped hardwood can give a rustic look to modern homes. The name comes from the technique of scraping a knife along the wood plank to smooth out the surface and create scrape marks. Today’s hand scraping can actually be done by either man or machine — and the technique can be applied to both solid and engineered hardwood floors.

We know you might just be getting started in your search for the perfect hardwood floors. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta are available to answer your questions and give free in-home estimates. We proudly serve the Buckhead, Atlanta, and Midtown areas.

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