Hardwood

Royal Plus Flooring can handle your hardwood project from start to finish. We will help you decide which hardwood floor is best for you; and provide a proposal to complete the job. We will help with the furniture, remove and dispose of your existing flooring, install the appropriate underlayment if needed. Since different products require different installation methods, Royal Plus Flooring can handle all of your needs, whether it is a nailed down installation, glue down or both.

A Lifetime of Durability & Beauty.

There is nothing quite like the exceptional benefits and beauty of hardwood flooring. Today’s nearly endless variety of styles, stains, and finishes make wood flooring one of the most practical choices for any home or work place. Some advantages of hardwood flooring include…

  • Natural, renewable, and recyclable
  • Excellent for allergy sufferers
  • Increases value of property – 90% of real estate agents say properties with wood flooring sell faster & for more money!
  • Custom and versatile
  • Easy to maintain and clean

Royal Plus offers a complete line of hardwood flooring from top-notch manufacturers in the business. Royal Plus’ flooring experts will assist you every step of the way from design to installation of your next project. Royal Plus services all of DELMARVA, including, Fenwick Island DE, Rehoboth Beach DE, Bethany Beach DE,, Ocean City MD, Berlin Md., Snow Hill MD, Salisbury MD, Pocomoke Md., Selbyville DE, Greenbackville, VA, Ocean Pines, MD and Captain’s Cove VA., just to name a few

Another of the advantages of wood flooring, besides its durability and long life, is the ease with which it can be integrated into almost any design décor for home or office. It adds a structural strength that is not apparent with other types of flooring .

What Is Engineered Wood?

Engineered wood flooring uses a top layer of real wood with other types of wood (usually plywood) beneath it. Engineered flooring is not the same as laminated wood flooring. Laminate wood has melamine-infused paper on top (or in layman’s terms—a picture) and it is not 100% real wood.

If you are looking for a comparison of solid and engineered hardwood flooring that will help you decide which one best suits your needs, please read on.

Advantages of Engineered Wood Flooring:

  • An engineered wood floor has a base layers of less expensive recycled woods. This base wood is either scrap wood or a variety of wood that grows rapidly. The base wood helps the floor plank better resist moisture. The base wood is then covered with a finish layer of the more expensive and beautiful hardwoods like maple. It is the finished Maple floor top-layer that will show on the top of the engineered floor.
  • Engineered wood is more resistant to moisture and can be installed in areas like the basement. Another advantage is that engineered hardwood floors can be installed as a floating floor directly over a vapor barrier without the need to glue or nail the floor in place. This saves on material, and time which saves you money.
  • Engineered wood floors are more stable and are a better option if you have or are considering in-floor heating.
  • Engineered wood floors are available in a wide variety of species and finishes.
  • Engineered wood floors are generally more economical than comparable solid hardwood floors.

Advantages of Solid Hardwood Floors

  • Solid wood floors consist of one single block of wood. They can be sanded to remove dents and refinished 4 to 5 times. An engineered floor by comparison only has one layer of the beautiful wood on top. Deep sanding is not possible with an engineered floor. The number of times an engineered floor can be refinished is proportional to the thickness of the wood layer on top. Even if you have chosen the thickest layer it cannot be refinished more than 2-3 times.
  • Solid hardwood floors are considered to have better acoustical properties and are stronger than engineered floors.

Popular Choices for Hardwood

Red and white oak - Are both naturally pale in color with the slight pink color running through the red variety. Both are known for their ease of employment across all different types of projects. White oak is harder than red oak. But red oak is easier to saw and nail than white oak.

American Cherry - Primarily used for cabinet making, can be used as flooring and is known to be easy to work with. It is a photosensitive wood that changes color over time, darkening in tone.

Hard Maple - This is an excellent choice for flooring. It is harder than oak with a naturally abrasion resistant surface. It was the favorite wood used by the early settlers of America.

Brazilian Cherry or Jatoba -The most striking feature of this wood is its color, a rich reddish brown which ages to a luxurious burgundy over time. What makes it so expensive is the fact that it is harder than some mahogany woods.

Some Do's and Some Don'ts

Do- Choose a wood that will stand up to everyday traffic in your home. Read your warranty carefully about care and maintenance. Hire a professional to do it for you if you have no clue or are not a do it yourselfer at heart. If you're unsure about the kinds of products to use to maintain your floor, ask the experts at Royal Plus Flooring

Do- Install a moisture barrier between the subfloor and flooring for added protection. Open all boxes of wood in order to see the color variations from box to box. Allow your wood to acclimate to the climate where it is being installed. Once installed, use a dry mop or vacuum to clean the surface.

Don't- Install hardwood flooring in an area subject to excessive moisture. This means not in bathrooms with showers, or in basements. Wood flooring needs regular attention. Harsh or wax based cleaners will dull the finish. Don't use steel wool or other hard abrasives either.

Never- Use excessive water to clean the flooring. And try to keep off the floor while wearing sports-spiked shoes or spike high heels. These types of shoes will mar the floor causing dents or scratches. Clean up all moisture laden spills as soon as they happen. Moisture will seep into the wood, drawn like a sponge and cause major headaches down the road.

As always, when in doubt, seek out the advice of the experts at Royal Plus Flooring in Ocean City, MD.

Royal Plus Flooring is proud to offer the following brands when making your selection for your new flooring: