birmingham hardwood flooringWhen you’re looking to add hardwood flooring to your home, you’ll have to make some important decisions.   Not all hardwood flooring is created equal and you’ll want to make sure you’re installing a hardwood floor that will do well in each area of your home. Here at Floor Coverings International of Birmingham we can guide you through the process to ensure you get a quality floor that you love.

Plank Width

Hardwood flooring can be installed with planks that are very narrow, very wide, or anywhere in between! Recently wider plank hardwood flooring has gotten more popular especially for living room design. Wide plank hardwood flooring will also work well in home offices, dining rooms, and kitchens! Narrow plank width can also provide a unique look to you hardwood floors. When you take a look at some of our flooring samples and you’ll see what kind of plank width you prefer.


Hardwood flooring is made out of so many species of wood it can seem overwhelming! You’ll want to select a color of hardwood flooring you want, but you’ll also want to consider how hard the wood is. You don’t want to have to worry about your living room floor denting. Brazilian Cherry is one of the harder species, while Pine and Chestnut hardwood flooring is much softer. Where you’re installing the hardwood flooring will influence what species would be best.

Engineered Hardwood  or Solid Hardwood?

Many homes feature solid hardwood flooring. This durable surface can be sanded and refinished many times throughout the life of the floor. However, with solid hardwood flooring moisture and humidity can cause the flooring to warp and become damaged. Engineered hardwood flooring is made with a thin veneer of hardwood fused to many less expensive layers of wood. The result is a hardwood floor that can adapt to moisture changes and can be installed almost anywhere in the home. Many people choose to install engineered hardwood flooring in the basement!

If you’re looking to install some new hardwood flooring in your home let the professionals at Floor Coverings International of Birmingham help! We’ll bring the flooring samples to you, so you can see and feel the different hardwood flooring options available. Schedule your free in-home consultation today!

Photo by: Elena Elisseeva.