Hardwood Flooring Guide

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Hardwood Flooring at Gold River Carpet One

At Gold River Carpet One Floor & Home we’re the area’s foremost authority on all things flooring, making us your first and last stop for all of your hardwood needs. We offer up a comprehensive inventory of fine hardwood flooring, both engineered and solid, with options to suit all types of styles. Our flooring specialists have the knowledge and tools to introduce you to a hardwood floor that’s your perfect fit. 

Representing endless value and luxury, hardwood flooring is highly coveted by the style-savvy homeowner, and its appeal is undeniable. Enduring and always elegant, hardwood flooring is considered by many to be the finest flooring available. That being said, hardwood floors aren’t an ideal choice for certain settings and situations. Here’s our handy guide to hardwood to help you determine which type of flooring is right for you and your home. 

Expert Advice - Hardwood Styles

Join our very own Jim Aaron, VP of Merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home, for some information on the all the different looks and style available in hardwood floors.

Hardwood Styles

One of the things we love most about hardwood flooring is the fact that so many different styles are available, with new ones appearing on the regular. Hardwood is offered up in a wide range of styles: rustic, wire-brushed, hand-scraped, glossy, modern, weathered, or unfinished…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Further customize your look by choosing varying plank lengths and adjust your level of shine and color saturation for a truly customized look.

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Types of Wood

Hardwood flooring can come from many different tree species, with a wide range of options, both domestic and exotic. Each respective species offers its own unique traits and hardness levels. Among the types of hardwood flooring you’ll encounter here is pine, cherry, maple, oak, birch, and mahogany. 

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood 

Hardwood flooring is made in two different formats: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is the original form of hardwood flooring. Each plank is made from a solid hunk of wood. Engineered hardwood looks and feels a lot like solid hardwood, but there are some very important differences to keep in mind. Engineered hardwood planks are made from wooden veneer and resin, with the layers pressed together in a cross-grain pattern to form an incredibly dense floor that, unlike solid hardwood, can withstand some levels of moisture and can also be installed below grade. 

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Where to Install Hardwood

Hardwood flooring adds instant value, but its use should be limited to areas that can truly handle it. Generally, rooms that stay cool and dry are most hospitable to hardwood.However, engineered hardwood leaves one some wiggle room, since it fares better in extreme climates. Hardwood floors are not recommended in kitchens and bathrooms. 

Our Hardwood Flooring Selection

At Gold River Carpet One Floor & Home we carry all of your favorite hardwood flooring brands, including exciting Carpet One Floor & Home exclusive brands that you won’t find anywhere else. Visit our Sacramento and Rancho Cordova, CA showrooms today, and get ready to meet you next flooring match. 


  1. Invincible Hardwood

    Invincible Hardwood offers premium durability.

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  2. Rustic River hardwood

    Rustic River emphasizes wood's natural character.

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  3. Voyager wood flooring

    Voyager offers bamboo and cork flooring.

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Hardwood Maintenance

Hardwood is naturally quite durable, but let’s face it- your home isn’t its native environment. Not to worry: with these easy tops, your hardwood will stay in fine form.

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Hardwood Types

Not all hardwood flooring is the same. We offer two different constructions including solid planks and engineered planks. Follow the link below to learn more. 

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