This past Saturday I attended a DIY Workshop at The Home Depot on installing hardwood and laminate flooring. To be honest, I was rather disappointed with the "workshop". We got a short lecture on wood flooring basics, and then were advised to hire a professional to handle the hard labor. The Home Depot advertises DIY workshops every Saturday, so I will be sure to check out some more and let you know if they are any better.
Anyways, I want to share with you some tips on hardwood flooring that we learned, and then I highlighted a few of my favorite options available at The Home Depot. I also stopped by another store, Green Depot, to compare the selection. Both locations have a wide range of flooring options, so this blog is by no means a comprehensive round-up. I just picked a few of my favorites that have a classic, timeless appeal and would look great in many homes.
Solid Wood vs. Engineered Wood
When selecting a hardwood flooring, it's important to know the difference between solid wood planks and engineered wood planks. Both types of flooring have their pros and cons, so the decision depends on your particular needs.
SOLID WOOD - Solid wood flooring tends to be slightly more expensive because each plank is milled from a single piece of wood. Due to the nature of solid wood, it will expand and contract with your home's humidity level. Because of this, it is not recommended for basements or wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where moisture may cause problems such as buckling. One advantage to solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over it's lifetime, making it a long-lasting and durable finish option.
ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING - Engineered wood consists of a top layer of hardwood and several layers of plywood that have been bonded together under heat and pressure. Due to it's construction, engineered wood is much more stable and can be used in basements and wet areas. Because the top layer is much thinner, it can only be sanded and refinished a few times before you get to the plywood layers below. Still, engineered wood is considered a more sustainable and eco-friendly option as it can be produced more efficiently and uses less solid hardwood.
Dark wood flooring (especially when paired with light walls or cabinetry) has a rich, elegant, and classic look. Here are 2 options I spotted at the 23rd Street Home Depot:
This hand scraped Moroccan Walnut is available in solid and engineered plank options. The 3/4" solid wood option is $5.58 per square foot and the 1/2" engineered wood option is $3.49 per square foot.
I also checked out Green Depot, which has 10 locations throughout the Northeast with its flagship store located at 222 Bowery in Manhattan. They specialize in sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and building materials.
Green Depot offers a wide range of hardwood flooring options including antique and reclaimed flooring. Here are a few of my favorite picks:
If you're looking for unique, historic character, these reclaimed solid wood planks are a great option: