Hardwood Flooring

No type of floor is more traditional than hardwood flooring, and modern materials and finishes make hardwood floors a reasonable option for almost anyone. We carry a wide range of durable engineered wood flooring as well as solid. There is a beautiful diversity in character of the various species found in our showroom. You will find cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, oak and mahogany. Our wood floor finishes range from sophisticated european brushed to a rustic hand-scraped or a traditional smooth finish.

With so many options to consider, choosing a specific wood flooring product can be a daunting task without help. The staff at CDU Flooring will make sure you have all the information necessary to make a confident, informed choice. Quality hardwood flooring will serve you well for many years, and we want you to be satisfied with your investment. See our Hardwood FAQ page for more detailed information.

Whether you’re looking for the contemporary or the exotic, Carpet Designs Unlimited is sure to have something to take your breath away. With the ability of skilled craftsmen, our installation crews will transform the floors of your home or business into a virtual showpiece.

Hardwood FAQs

Yes, engineered wood is real wood. It is made in layers called plies. The top layer (wear layer) is the layer you see when the floor is installed. This is the featured wood species, and is fused to the core which is made up of fused cross layers of wood.
No. Engineered wood is real wood while laminate is not. The two are sometimes confused because they are both made in layers unlike a solid hardwood.
No. Engineered woods are able to be sanded as well, but the extent to which is dependant upon the thickness of the top wear layer. If the wear layer of engineered wood is less than 1/16” then sanding may expose the core layers underneath. The thicker the wear layer the more times it can be sanded. However, because of the quality of the original finish of modern hardwood floors, most never need to be refinished anyway. If there is a damaged area it will most likely be easier and more economical to simply replace the affected planks.
Yes, hardwood floors are widely desirable and are known to increase home values. The better you maintain your wood floors the more of a selling point they will be if and when you do put your home on the market.

The following steps are a general guide:

  • Step 1: Protect – Use floor mats at all exterior entryways. Dirt particles can scratch into your wood’s finish. When entering from outside wipe your feet on entry mats and shake the mats out frequently. Use mats in front of sinks or other potential wet areas to absorb spills. Beware of non-ventilated rubber-backed rugs – they can damage wood floors over time. Use window treatments to guard against the fading effects of sunlight. Use protective pads under furniture legs. Keep pet’s nails trimmed.
  • Step 2: Clean – Sweep the floor regularly with a high quality broom and/or a vacuum without a beater bar. Mop with a no-wax floor cleaner, but don’t wet-mop! Clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge, and dry up spills immediately.
  • Step 3: Screen and recoat – If your wood’s finish gets worn over time you may want to consider having the floor screened and recoated. Screening grinds down a wood’s polyurethane finish. Recoating with new urethane can make your floor look like new again.
  • Step 4: Sand and refinish – If damage is too widespread to replace certain boards or too severe for screening and recoating, sanding and refinishing may be your only option. If you maintain your floors regularly it should be 20 years or more before this becomes necessary, if ever.
Brazilian Cherry is the hardest wood on the market today. This is demonstrated with the “Janka Hardness Test” which results in a numerical rating where the higher the number the harder the wood. Brazilian Cherry has a Janka Hardness Rating of 2350. By contrast one of the softest woods, Douglas Fir, has a Janka Hardness Rating of 660.
No, not at all. You wouldn’t want a hardwood floor to be exposed to the elements, but in a climate-controlled environment like a home or business there should be no worry. Wood will inherently absorb or release moisture until it has the same relative humidity of whatever air it is exposed to. If the indoor humidity level is very low and the air is dry your wood will tend to shrink. This could cause planks to separate slightly. If the humidity level gets too high then the wood could expand. Solid hardwoods are more susceptible to this expansion and contraction than are engineered woods. For this reason engineered woods are much more popular than solid woods in climates such as Florida. To allow for small fluctuations in humidity our installers will carefully provide the necessary expansion gaps at walls and transitions.
Solid hardwood floors may be nailed, stapled or glued depending on the product and the existing surface. Engineered hardwood floors may be glued, stapled or floated depending on the product and the existing surface.
Properly maintained, a high quality hardwood floor may last a lifetime.