You already know that different species of wood behave differently from one another when installed as flooring. For instance, oak flooring, on account of its remarkable hardness, suits a high-traffic room better than its softer cousins. But so far as aesthetics are concerned, what often matters most is the finish you choose. At stores like Lumber Liquidators, you can expect to encounter a wide range of options. Click through to see a sample of what's out there—a small sample, to be sure, but we hope it's an inspiring one!
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What a Difference a Floor Finish Makes!
The Finishing Touch
Rustic Red Oak
For years, the most popular hardwood flooring choice has been red oak. Finished with a clear, semi-gloss sealant, this rustic red oak from Lumber Liquidators retains the material's natural knots and other minor imperfections, which results in a warm and inviting look that's both casual and comfortable.
A hundred years ago, wood floors were tooled in a painstaking manual process. Handscraped finishes emulate that effect, bringing historic style within the reach of today's everyday homeowner. Besides its appealingly distressed finish, Marble Palace Maple boasts wide planks and an earthy, dark stain.
Though it's famous for white bark, milled birch often features tones of deep red. Here, that natural tendency has been enhanced through the application of a rich cherry stain. Once installed, eye-catching Cherry Birch creates a luxurious mood—without your having to pay a luxury-level price.
Another finish well worth considering is a clear coat, which provides protection from stains and scuffs but does not alter the appearance of wood flooring. In the case of Natural Hickory, a material replete with color variation and character-laden knots, a clear coat allows the wood itself to take center stage.
Handscraped Summer Harvest Hickory
The handscraping process draws further attention to the character that Summer Harvest Hickory would have on its own. Add in golden-brown stain, and the result is something greater than the sum of its parts—a brand-new high-performance floor that looks, in the best way possible, 100 years old.
Elk Rock Elm
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