ProSand Flooring carries only the highest quality hardwood flooring, including solid hardwood, engineered wood, all available wood species, styles prefinished in the factory, and unfinished styles we stain and finish in your home.
Flooring Trends Through the Ages
Flooring trends have evolved a lot over the decades and centuries. For a long time, hardwood floors were the only option available, and they were almost always untreated (no shiny finish). Then in the eighteenth century, painting hardwood floors was the popular approach, sometimes with solid colors and sometimes with fanciful patterns. Then during the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century, carpeting became the norm.
It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that hardwood floors finished and polished to be shiny became popular. They stayed popular until the mid-twentieth century when emerging manufactured materials became equated with modernism. Everyone wanted carpeting in some areas and linoleum in other regions. But then, in the late twentieth century, with the Craftsman and Victorian revivals, hardwood floors trended back into popularity and remained the most desirable flooring option of all.
Hardwood Floors Add Value to Your Indianapolis Home
Because of hardwood flooring’s popularity, adding it to a home immediately adds substantial value to a home. If your home currently has a lot of carpeting, tearing it out and replacing it with hardwood or laminate that looks like hardwood flooring will increase the resale value of your home, according to realtor.com. In fact, 80% of homeowners believe hardwood floors add the most value to their home, and real estate agents believe homes with hardwood floors sell faster and for more money—to the tune of 10% more, according to The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).
Adrianna – Oak Cocoa
Adrianna – Oak Honey
Adrianna – Oak Natural
Alviso Tigerwood – Tigerwood Natural
Anchorage – Oak Chestnut
Architexture – Carmel Oak
Arroyo – Brazilian Cherry Natural
Arroyo – Brazilian Cherry 5 Natural
Adventura – Oak Chestnut
Adventura – Oak Cognac
Brandisi Plank – Mocha Maple
Barnhill Uniclic – Hickory Copper
Hardwood Floors are a Healthier Option
In addition to the raw beauty of quality hardwood flooring, they’re much easier to keep clean and don’t contribute to poor indoor air quality. That’s the problem with most carpeting—which can emit or off-gas volatile organic compounds. The fibers and pile of carpets also tend to capture the worst allergens (dust, pet dander, mold) that inevitably get stirred up and wreak havoc on those more than 50 million people in the US who suffer from allergies. According to the EPA, hardwood floors also greatly reduce the accumulation of pesticides we track into our homes from our yards and gardens. For all these reasons, hardwood flooring gives homeowners greater control over the healthiness of their home environment.
Different Types of Hardwood Flooring
With hardwood floors, you get a wide range of product options because of the many species of trees that can provide wooden planks. In addition to this species diversity, the wood can also be sanded and stained in all sorts of ways that alter the color and look of the planks. Other factors to consider include durability, board width, finish, and degree of shine. Here’s the breakdown of all these considerations:
- Floor Type:
- Solid hardwood flooring: A 100% solid wood flooring product can expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Over time gaps may emerge and eventually, wear and tear will require the floors to be sanded and refinished to look their best. Ceramic tile flooring is more popular than hardwood in tropical climates.
- Engineered hardwood floors: These are also 100% solid wood, but layers of wood are bonded together. The cross-ply construction provides more dimensional stability and is less likely to crack, gap, or react to temperature changes. It can be installed above and below grade, and even over concrete.
- Wood species: There are more than 50 species to choose from as a base, each of which displays unique grain patterns, knots, streaks, wormholes, and color variations.
- Durability: The Janka Rating System ranks wood species from the degree of hardness to softness. This information helps you match the flooring material’s characteristics to your lifestyle. After all, you want the flooring to achieve a certain look while also being able to stand up to the level of usage it will see in your home. With expert guidance, you’ll soon know whether Brazilian Cherry or Red Oak is the best choice for your living room, as just one example.
- Board Widths: Wood planks come in a variety of widths, the most popular ranging from 2.25–4 inches and others measuring up to 5–6 inches wide. Some homeowners mix planks of different widths with the same stain and finish to add visual interest and character.
- Finish: The strong sealing topcoat that helps protect the wood.
- Degree of Shine: Lifestyle and preference play into how you want your floor to shine. Shine options include the following:
- Matte: This option gives a more rustic, refined, low luster finish that is natural for kitchens. Matte shine is a good medium-traffic choice and is even forgiving of children and pets.
- Satin: Though it’s still considered low luster, satin is 20% shinier than matte. It’s a popular and modern choice that also stands up to wear by children and pets.
- Semi-Gloss: This option is 50% shinier than matte and is the most requested of all shine levels. It’s a traditional, all-around finish that compliments shinier traditional and contemporary furniture.
- Gloss: A high-gloss shine accentuates color and detail. While it’s often used commercially for sports venues, museums, bars, and restaurants, it’s not the ideal choice for most homeowners. Gloss accentuates footprints, scratches, and general wear, and it also requires high maintenance to keep it looking good.
As you can see, there are enough factors to consider in choosing hardwood flooring that it can leave many people feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. This is when it helps to have the guidance and expertise of hardwood flooring experts like ProSand Flooring.
ProSand Flooring: Your Expert Hardwood Flooring Partner in Indianapolis
At ProSand Flooring, we’re happy to provide as much or as little guidance as any customer wants. Given the dizzying array of options and factors to consider, we find most customers appreciate it when our professional flooring experts provide plenty of guidance. Suppose you’re building a brand-new home or engaging in a major whole-house remodeling project. In that case, we’re happy to coordinate with your construction contractors and designers to make sure the hardwood flooring will integrate seamlessly with the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. We’ll even custom mix the stain on-site and show you a test patch for your approval before application.
We use a unique two-part finishing process resulting in a 3–4 times stronger barrier than polyurethane and dries in a fraction of the time. You can also get an oil-based finish rated for commercial use applied in your home for ultimate durability. All our hardwood flooring product installations and finishes come with a lifetime warranty. To us, that’s just good business and a big part of the reason so many of our customers throughout central Indiana have become loyal fans. As a family-owned and family-operated business that has thrived for more than 30 years, we’ve built a reputation at ProSand Flooring for delivering the look you want and the value you deserve. If you’re ready for beautiful hardwood floors, ProSand is ready to help with a free consultation and quote. Get in touch using the contact us page of our website or dial us up on your phone at 317-371-6720 to discuss all your flooring needs.