Williams Floor Store, Inverness Florida, Citrus Countys First and Best Floor Store.

Williams Floor Store, Inverness Florida, Citrus Countys First and Best Floor Store.

Williams Floor Store carries all types of

Wood Flooring Options

In general, hardwoods are more durable and more resistant to damage from impact. Following are popular wood flooring choices:

Hardwoods

Oak — a durable hardwood, the most popular wood flooring. Accepts many stain colors, probably the most varied colorations available in wood flooring.

Maple — lighter colored with much less pronounced graining than oak.

Hickory and Pecan — very popular, often with strong variation in color in the same board.

Softwoods Fir and pine — often found in older homes, requires more care to prevent scratches and indentations, but shows well if you desire a rustic or country look. Usually comes unfinished.

Pine. A popular softwood often found in older homes. In fact there’s an 800-year-old church in Brno, Czech Republic that still has its original pine floors a testament to the longevity of well-maintained softwood floors!

Birch. A softwood similar to pine. It tends to have more knotholes.

Fir. Another common softwood that has large patches of dark grain.

Other Wood Flooring Options

Bamboo. not technically a wood at all, but a fast growing grass. Green and sustainable. Considered a strong product but will scratch more easily if produced without an aluminum oxide finish. Comes in two shades, natural light or a medium dark shade which is produced not by staining, but by cooking the bamboo longer. Available in vertical, which appears as strips about 1/4 wide or horizontal which shows the actual profile of bamboo stalks.

Specialty woods — more expensive than oak and maple, usually with rich depth of color even when unstained are the cherry, walnut and South American and African species.

Standard Width. 2 1/4-inches wide. Occasionally you may find 1 1/2-inch widths up to 7 inches wide. Often used to give the room a different aesthetic feel they want the look and feel of wood floors. Random is a popular choice that has a very custom feel. These floors consist of planks of two or three different widths. Homeowners often choose this type of floor because it has a more energetic feel and lift.

Most woods come in a variety of widths and lengths, planks or parquet with different methods of installation — straight, diagonal, herringbone, with or without borders. If you have an open floor plan, a border will accentuate a separate area, such as a dining room, without walls. Specialty installations, such as borders, will be more expensive due to additional labor.

Existing wood subfloors will allow you to choose just about any wood you like, both solid and engineered, but a concrete floor may restrict your flooring purchase to engineered wood or a floating wood floor.

OTHER FLOORING CHOICES:

Sheet vinyl, Fiberfloor, Vinyl tile, Vinyl plank and Laminate

Sheet vinyl. once called linoleum, is a no wax option available in many colors and patterns. Usually with a ceramic tile pattern most vinyl comes in 12′ width. Fiberflor is a new type of vinyl flooring with a strong finish, scratch resistance, tear resistance in many wood grain or tile patterns. Linoleum is still available, mostly in solid colors, and is a natural product made with wood fibers and resin, antibacterial, but only in narrow rolls. Most is 6′ 6 wide, very heavy and not usually suitable for a do-it-yourself installation.

Vinyl tile in residential products is a no wax option — 1/8 thick and in various sizes, some even have a look like a ceramic tile with a grout line, but the grout line is also vinyl and does not stain like real grout can.

Vinyl plank is made in the same way, in many colors and can fool the eye, appearing to be real wood. Tiles range from 6×6 to 16×16, wood planks are 36 long and 2, 4 and 6 wide. These vinyl products are very well suited to the do-it-yourselfer, needing very few specialty tools.

Commercial vinyl tile — usually seen in supermarket and hospital floors, vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a 1/8 tile, very strong, usually with a through pattern available in a large variety of colors. VCT, while attractive and well priced for its durability, DOES require waxing and/or buffing to keep its good looks.

Laminate

Laminate is one of the newest floor coverings — about 25 years old in this country, the first big name was Pergo. Since that time many other companies have begun to produce laminate. In many styles, colors and textures, laminate is a flooring option usually less expensive than wood. Lately there are even hand scraped wood looks in laminate. Mostly click together installations make it a good option for do-it-yourselfers. The finish cannot be waxed, is easily cleaned and comes in shiny or matte options. Different widths are available as well as square edged or beveled edge looks.

Patterns

After you’ve chosen your wood type, and the width, it’s time to choose the pattern! Patterns are fun ways to dress up your wood floors.

Straight is the most common pattern. It consists of wood strips laid parallel to each other along the length of the room. It’s also the least expensive pattern.

Diagonal.

Diagonal is a nice way to dress up a room without adding a lot of extra cost. It consists of the wood strips laid at a 45-degree angle to the walls. (NOTE! Any pattern besides a straight pattern will be more expensive because you will need more wood and the installation takes longer.)

Parquet is another popular hardwood pattern consisting of individual square modules laid in crisscross fashion. It looks like a checkerboard.

Herringbone.

Herringbone is a beautiful pattern that’s similar to parquet. It has individual square modules with wood laid at a diagonal angle!

Perimeter Border.

Perimeter border is a design accent that you can add to just about any wood flooring. By adding a different pattern to the edges of your wood floor, you give your floor a design touch that helps to frame it. It works very well in more formal rooms like dining rooms or living rooms. It’s also a nice way to separate adjacent rooms that don’t have any walls between them. Some homes have a lot of free-flowing open space. By installing a perimeter border between two adjacent rooms, you give the visual impression that the rooms are separate without interrupting the open flow.

Stain Colors

Modern wood floors can be just about any color or shade you want. Different kinds of wood respond differently to stains. If you currently have hardwood floors that are either a color you don’t like or you need to refinish refinish hardwood floors, contact a flooring contractor for some advice. If you are just comparing colors, here are some options:

Natural — Natural is wood color at its most basic form. These kinds of stains have very little pigment, so the natural wood can show through.

Light. Light is a very popular shade of stain because it darkens the grain and adds a subtle tone to the wood. Many people are very selective of their wood. This is a good choice of stain because it’s similar to natural. only with a little more punch.

Medium. Medium is another popular choice. It’s darker than the light, so both the grain and the wood will have an obvious pigment.

Dark — Dark gives wood floors a very rich feel. WARNING! Be careful with this choice. Dark floors will make your room feel dark.

We stock and carry many name brands such as, Mohawk, Pergo, Shaw, Wilsonart Laminate, Aladdin Carpet and Floors, daltile, Armstrong, American Olean, Tarkett, Domco and Witex.

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