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The Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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There are three basic kinds of wood flooring; there is solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate. Laminate flooring isn’t actually wood flooring but is, instead, a type of synthetic material made to look like wood. If you want authentic wood flooring, you’ll choose either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. These two different types of flooring have many pros and cons. The Simple Difference The difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood is fairly simple. A solid hardwood plank is made from one tree. It’s cut from the tree trunk and shaped into a solid piece of flooring. In contrast, an […]

The Barn Wood Flooring Trend

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Reclaimed wood has become a very popular trend for flooring, cabinetry, and much more. In the world of reclaimed wood, barn wood is something of a holy grail. Barn wood is the gold standard. That’s because barns were typically made of old growth hardwood and exposed to the elements for years. That exposure to the elements led to incredible amounts of weathering. Since they’re made from old growth wood, and oftentimes heartwood, they are dense and durable. The weathering makes barn wood unique. Furthermore, the exposure to the elements led to the wood drying out and maturing. Flooring There are […]

Where to Find Reclaimed Wood for Hardwood Floors

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There are a few different places where you can find reclaimed wood for your hardwood floor. Reclaimed wood, also known as recycled wood, is wood that was used for a previous purpose. It is then processed again and used for flooring in a modern home. It could simply be an old floor that you’ve moved from its original spot to your current location; alternately, it could be antique wood that needs to be treated and processed completely to be appropriate planks. Here are a few places to find reclaimed wood. Old Houses The first place you can find great reclaimed […]
how to clean hardwood floor

How to Clean a Hardwood Floor

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How to clean a hardwood floor is a question we get all the time. We at West Coast Floor Company use and recommend the best products for our customers. And we recommend Bona for most types of floors, including hardwood. Bona brings you consistent performance, and the highest quality the industry has to offer. “Our concern for health and the environment and our exclusive focus is a testament to our dedication. You will see it in the longevity and beauty of your floors. It’s why Bona has been trusted by professionals like us since 1919.” is what their mission statement […]
why choose hardwood flooring

Why Choose Hardwood Flooring

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Do you feel a little overwhelmed with all the flooring options on the market today?  You are not alone.  If hardwood flooring is one of the options you are considering let us give you some pointers as to why you should choose hardwood flooring. Hardwood is Safe & Clean Because solid hardwood is all-natural it doesn’t hide any harmful particulate matter, making for a healthier, safer living environment, especially for allergy sufferers. Generally, hardwood floors cost more than carpeted floors, but they also require less maintenance, last longer, and can be“repaired” (instead of replaced). Especially in older homes, hardwood floors […]