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Why choose hardwood?

Prized for its natural beauty and lasting durability, hardwood in your home makes a rich visual statement but keeps cleanup a breeze.

Hardwood floors combine strength and style. Our wide variety of colors, textures, species and styles make it easy to find the perfect choice for your home.

We offer both solid and engineered hardwood from a variety of manufacturers including Mohawk.

In solid wood flooring, each plank is a solid piece of wood from the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. These hardwood floors are best installed on or above grade. Wood species vary in hardness and light sensitivity, so keep foot traffic, furniture and light exposure in mind when choosing a species.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made from real hardwood with a cross-ply construction that resists expansion and contraction from humidity changes. It can be installed on any level.

Our favorite aspect about hardwood flooring is the way it looks. You can choose more uniform patterns or select a style with distinctive natural variations, knots and mineral marks. Light-colored hardwoods will open up spaces to produce an airy vibe. Golden honey tones add a warm ambiance.

Wide planks are perfect for crafting a historic or rustic feel and will enhance the natural beauty of any wood type you choose.

Hardwood flooring will last for decades when properly cared for. We would love to give your home this timeless beauty.

There are many hardwood species, stains and finishes available and we invite you to browse our catalog HERE or visit Floors Your Way by The Pad Place to view them in person.

Featured hardwood products

Coastal Couture Seaspray Oak 29
Mohawk Industries

Metropolitan Lights City Loft Oak 61
Mohawk Industries

Modern Vision Dorian Gray Oak 26
Mohawk Industries

Weathered Vision Coventry Gray Oak 38
Mohawk Industries



Floors Your Way by The Pad Place carries a wide selection of hardwood

Even a keen eye has trouble distinguishing between solid red oak strips and thin wood layers glued together to make engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood made its debut in the 1960s. Since then, there has been improved performance and appearance of the product. Approximately 30 percent of all wood flooring sold in the U.S. is now engineered hardwood.

It is available in dozens of species of wood. New surface effects, like hand-scraped, are high-tech boards, that look perfect in a vintage home. Most engineered hardwood comes from the factory finished. It is ready to be walked on the day it is installed. This type of hardwood outlasts finishes that are applied to solid wood in the home.

Engineered hardwood boards are problem-solvers

They can be used in areas not suitable for solid wood. Engineered hardwood can be installed over concrete slabs and in basements. Budget-conscious homeowners can install the boards themselves. Money is saved, and a great look can be accomplished in a weekend.

Engineered hardwood runs the gamut from low to high end. To judge quality, look for the number of coats of finish, how many veneers are in the core, and the thickness of the top skin of wood. These items affect the warranty and price. As a general rule, the more layers, the better the hardwood.

Good engineered hardwood has three-ply construction, a wear layer of one to two mm, five coats of finish, a thickness of ¼ inch, and a 10- to 15-year warranty. The options of good engineered hardwood are limited to common species like ash or oak. Only a few stains are available.
Durable hardwood floors in Sarasota FL from Floors Your Way by the Pad Place

Floors Your Way by The Pad Place's warranty

Better engineered hardwood is also a ¼ inch thick. It has a five-ply construction, seven coats of finish and the warranty are from 15 to 25 years. More species like beech, cherry, and some exotics are available. All stains and some surface effects like distressing can be applied.

The best-engineered hardwood is 5/8 to 3/4 inch thick. There is at least a seven-layer construction, nine coats of finish, and a 25-year warranty. This category has the widest species selection, reclaimed options, and the most surface treatments.

Floors Your Way by The Pad Place customers, from Longboat Key, Englewood, North Port, Venice, Sarasota, and the surrounding areas, are supplied with the grade of engineered hardwood that fits their budget. You can install the flooring yourself, or let the experts, who handle engineered flooring every day, do it for you.

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