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Product Review: Appalachian Wood Flooring

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Imagine a cozy fire, soft light and music, and snow lightly falling outside. Now, in your mind's eye, look down. That hardwood floor you're looking at is an Appalachian hardwood floor, a real work of art.

Appalachian hardwoods by Anderson are an extensive selection of hardwoods through several collections, Appalachian being one of the most beautiful and broad.

In the Appalachian collection you'll find several species of hardwood including maple, oak, and hickory, as a few examples. What's amazing is how they can take just a few species and turn them into a plethora of colors, styles, and sizes.

You can get, for example, their Colonial Manor hickory solid hardwood in nine different combinations of width, color, and textures. You can go with the old-school hand-scraped wide planking that looks fabulous in a traditional kitchen, or you can go with the smooth, glossy look of their 2.25" Butterscotch Oak.

And beyond size and color, the Appalachian collection also provides its products in engineered hardwood or traditional solid hardwood planking. Engineered hardwood is certainly something to consider in looking at hardwoods. It's real wood. It's just a bit different from traditional hardwood because the wood is actually comprised of several layers of veneers, which are strips of real wood that are glued and compressed to form the planking. Engineered flooring can actually be used in some places that traditional hardwood flooring can't. So check it out because it might actually be the best bet for your installation.

Installation can be done yourself, but you'll definitely want to consult a professional and do some research on the proper prep and installation steps to insure your floor's longevity. Depending on the product you select, you might have a floating installation with nails or staples, a glued down installation, just to name a few.

Knowing, too, where the different installations will work best is also a bit of a trick. It's not recommended you install hardwoods in bathrooms that have showers or bathtubs due to the likelihood of pooling water. There are also some hardwood products you don't want to install in basements due to moisture levels. You also need to make sure your subfloor has been moisture tested and is recommended for the product you've chosen.

So…not rocket science, but you definitely want to do it right. Just get some info and bring your work of art home.