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Hardwood floors in Ithaca, NY

With stunning selections to please every taste and need, hardwood floors suit a wide range of styles. At Bishops Carpet One Floor & Home in Ithaca, NY, you’ll encounter a comprehensive inventory of solid and engineered hardwood floors. We’re here to help home and business owners throughout Thompson and Seneca counties and carry hardwood floors made by leading manufacturers. If you’re thinking of installing hardwood floors, there are many factors to consider.


Hardwood Styles


Hardwood floors are sold in a wide range of styles, patterns, and species. Consider using multi-length and multi-width planks to give your floors more dimension. Whether your home is traditional or trendy, our hardwood floor selection is rife with compelling options.


Types of Hardwood Floors


With hardwood floors, there are wood species to fit every preference and need. Whatever your style or space size, there’s a hardwood floor that’s perfect for you. Choose from earth-friendly cork, exotic mahogany, waterproof or traditional wide-plank oak, and everything in between.


What is Engineered Hardwood?


Hardwood floors have evolved over the years, offering up serious solutions for many modern dilemmas. Nowadays, there are two prominent hardwood floor families. Choose from traditional solid hardwoods and the newly introduced engineered hardwoods. While it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to tell the difference between the two upon initial glance, there’s much going on under the surface.

  • Engineered Hardwood: Engineered flooring is available in several dozen wood species types to suit the décor of the homeowner and can take on the look of timeworn patina or a rough hand scraped appearance. These state of the art boards can be ideal for just about any house they are used to enhance whether it's a vintage Tudor building or a modern multi-family condominium. Engineered planks come with a top finish, and they are ready to support foot traffic as soon as they are installed. Care for these boards is very easy and convenient. By simply mopping or using a microfiber cloth and an ordinary wood floor cleaning solution they will be good to go.


  • Solid Hardwood: Solid hardwood is a time-tested and classic hardwood flooring option. It’s simple construction features a single plank of wood that can come either finished or unfinished. Solid hardwood features unmatched characteristics, and adds value to the space you install it in. Solid hardwood floors are great for low traffic areas such as bedrooms and home offices, even living rooms. Be sure to keep solid hardwood away from areas with high moisture, as the planks can become damaged if exposed to excess humidity for long periods of time. Installing solid hardwood floors is simple, and you can choose either a nail or staple down installation. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished up to a certain point, and should not be sanded down past the tongue on the side of the plank. Refinishing your hardwood floor has several benefits such as reducing the appearance of scratches, updating the finish to be more on trend, and extends the life of the floors in your home. Visit our showroom for our full selection of hardwood flooring.                                

Hardwood Installation


Hardwood floors last much longer than other types of flooring. Even if you drop something heavy on an engineered hardwood floor, damages will remain minimal. Areas with heavy foot traffic significantly benefit from hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors can last decades if they are cared for properly.


Cleaning hardwood floors is easy. They are not electromagnetic and attract less dust than other options. You and your loved ones will never have to suffer through terrible allergies again. They require very little maintenance, even with spills or stains. You can vacuum, mop, and dry the floor for long-lasting results. Choose engineered hardwoods for rooms set below grade or places prone to frequent moisture. Solid hardwood floors fare best in quiet, dry environments.


Wide Plank Hardwood


Wide plank boards are characterized for their wide width size. Widths from 5 inches to 7 ½ inches are the most common, but some boards can be 12 inches wide or more, depending on the floor. There are fewer seams with wider hardwood floors, making your spaces look larger. Varied floor widths can be installed in homes using a combination of wide plank boards and regular width boards to create movement and texture in a house, while single-width floors are consistent and feel more modern.


Wide plank floors are prone to expansion and contraction when high levels of humidity occur, but when they are installed correctly, this should cause no serious issues. Wide plank hardwood comes in either finished or unfinished options, leaving you with the choice to customize your stain and finish on site, or select hardwood that is prefinished before installation. As far as installation, professionals are recommended for wide plank floors, as they have experience in many situations. If you choose to finish your hardwood on site, it can take extra time because the stain and finish are applied separately and take many hours to completely dry. Prefinished floors are installed more quickly because there is no need to apply anything after they are nailed down. We are proud to carry a variety of hardwood brands in our showroom, including Rustic River™, Voyager, and Twelve Oaks that you are sure to fall in love with.


Our Hardwood Floor Selection


Bishops Carpet One Floor & Home is an independently owned and operated North America's favorite flooring cooperative member. Please visit us soon at 363 Elmira Road in Ithaca, NY, to browse our latest hardwood floor displays.


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