Hardwood Flooring

New Hardwood Floors – Showroom Maryland

We can replace hardwood flooring that no longer can be sanded or re-finished – or replace old or damaged wood with new, pre-finished or unfinished hardwood flooring. Visit our Kensington, Maryland Carpet & Rug headquarters to choose from many different styles, textures and colors of pre-finished hardwood flooring. Our showroom carries hardwood samples such as oak, maple, cherry, bamboo, and much more. Choose from our selection of engineered hardwood or luxury vinyl for situations where regular hardwood cannot be installed.

Solid Hardwood

Must go over an acceptable wood sub-floor and cannot be installed in basements (hardwood must be nailed down to the floor).

Engineered Hardwood

  • Resists warping due to moisture.
  • Can be installed on wood or concrete sub-floors.
  • Made up of several laminated hardwood plies.
  • Can sometimes be sanded and re-finished.

Most hardwood comes in strips that are 2 1/4″, 3″, or 3 1/4″ wide, although there are some types that are 4″ to 6″ wide.

Is your favorite hardwood also durable?

When shopping for new hardwood floors, be sure to consider the benefits and drawbacks of your selection. Hardness rating, based on the Janka hardness test, is a good place to start.
Some hardwoods such as Brazilian Walnut are the most durable and resist scratching more than others. Softer hardwoods such as Pine can scratch more easily. Before you make a selection, search the graph below to determine if the hardwood you select will hold up to the planned use.

Hardwood Durability Chart
Image courtesy of
National Wood Flooring Association.

What impacts the appearance of hardwood?

Other than durability and color, you’ll want to be sure to consider other aspects of how your hardwood will look with your room décor. If you’re looking for a smooth appearance, consider the grade of the wood and cut angle.


  • Clear Wood: Most uniform appearance and grain marks.
  • Select Wood: Some color variations and unique characteristics.
  • No. 1 Common: More color variation, possibly with knots and other imperfections.
  • No. 2 Common: Most visible variation, common in many rustic style hardwoods.


  • Plainsawn: Most common cut. Shows some grain variation.
  • Quartersawn and Riftsawn: More uniform grain appearance.