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Selecting the perfect hardwood floor for your home brings interiors to life, turning tastes and treasures into living works of art. J.K. Wall Designers is proud to offer wood styles ranging from traditional square edge solid oak flooring to exotic handscraped masterpieces.

flooring styles
Solid


 
This conventional wood flooring is known for its classic look and warm feel. Many different types of wood have become available from all over the world. The most common woods are red oak, white oak, pine and hickory. Solid wood floors are a solid piece of hardwood cut into wood planks that are generally 3/4 think.
Engineered

Developed to go on or below grade and over radiant heat this is a fast growing sector of wood flooring. The Boen and Kahrs floors that we carry are squared edged very finely milled so there are no worries about gapping. Engineered floors are made mostly from select and #1 woods.
 
Handscraped


 
Handscraping is a distressing process that can be done on solid and engineered woods. Although hardwood prices vary by species, the handscraped floors are generally the most expensive available. As implied, because the distressing is done by hand every piece will be unique. Most other distressing is done by machine.
Reclaimed

If you are looking for beautiful, unique wood with distinctive character and a story to tell, then reclaimed wood is the right choice for you. Wood from beams of old barns is the main method of reclaiming wood. One of the most common species of reclaimed wood is Heart Pine.
 


edge styles
All hardwood floors are made with either a square edge or a beveled edge. The choice depends on the surface being covered and the look and feel you are after. Some hardwood flooring manufacturers call their beveled edge an "eased edge" because the v-groove of the bevel is very subtle compared to the deep bevels older solid wood floor used to have. Beveled edge planks are more forgiving when installed over irregular surfaces so you have less of a chance of having an overwood problem during installation.  

Square Edge


 
The edges of all boards meet squarely creating a uniform, smooth surface that blends the floor together from board to board. The overall look of this floor gives a contemporary flair and formal feeling to the room.
Eased Edge

Each board is just slightly beveled. Some manufacturers add an eased edge to both the length of the planks as well as the end joints. Eased edges are used to help hide minor irregularities, such as uneven plank heights. Eased edge is also called microbeveled edge.
 
Beveled Edge


 
These products have a very distinctive groove in them. Beveled edge planks lend themselves to an informal and country decor. Beveled edge floors help hide subfloor irregularities that could result in variations in board height, which is often called overwood.


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