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What to Look for When Buying Hardwood Floors


Hardwood Flooring OptionsIt is fairly easy to get lost in the forest of hardwood flooring options. Deciding on grade, engineered versus solid, or whether you want a finished product can seem overwhelming at times. Often, it’s not knowing what’s being offered to you that makes the decision process so difficult. So, here is a quick and easy reference guide to the hardwood floor options that are commonly available.


The grade of hardwood is referencing the aesthetic quality of the wood. TheNational Hardwood Lumber Association developed and maintained the grading rules for hardwood. These rules are determined by the amount and size of clear cuttings when looking at the poorest face of the lumber. The higher the wood grade, the larger portion of clear, defect-free area it contains.

Select grade

  • Varies by species
  • Mostly free of knots and other imperfections

Character grade

  • Contains more natural defects
  • Quality character grade is marked by sound knots and defects
  • Generally a lower cost alternative

Engineered Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of a core, typically plywood, with a secured top layer of hardwood veneer. The layers are bonded together under heat and pressure, and the resulting product is less likely to be affected by humidity. Engineered flooring can be installed on any level of the home and may be attached directly to concrete slabs. It is ideal for use in the kitchen and baths where water is present.

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For all your hardwood flooring options, come to Cherokee Wood Products. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you decide on the perfect hardwood for your floors and provide you with samples and expert advice. There’s no need to be lost among the trees. For more information, please call us at (909) 920-5430 or fill out our online contact form.

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