Hardwood Flooring in Portland, OR from Paulson's Floor Coverings - PFC

Identifying Authentic Hardwood Floors

For generations, hardwood floors have been synonymous with sophistication, durability, and timeless beauty. Crafted from solid wood planks, these floors exude warmth and charm, elevating any space they grace. At Paulson's Floor Coverings, we've witnessed the enduring allure of hardwood flooring, and we're dedicated to helping you distinguish between authentic hardwood and its substitutes.

Crucial Indicators of Authenticity

  • Grain Patterns: Genuine hardwood floors feature distinct grain patterns that vary from species to species. Examine the floor closely to identify unique markings and grain configurations, which serve as telltale signs of authenticity.
  • Texture and Feel: Run your fingertips along the surface of the floor. Authentic hardwood boasts a natural texture and warmth that synthetic materials cannot replicate. Genuine hardwood floors often exhibit subtle imperfections and irregularities, adding to their character and authenticity.
  • Sanding and Staining: Real hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished multiple times throughout their lifespan. If you notice wear and tear on your floors, consider refinishing them to restore their original luster. Additionally, inspect the wood's reaction to staining—authentic hardwood absorbs stain differently than engineered or laminate alternatives.
  • Sound and Resonance: Walk across the floor and listen to the sound it produces. Authentic hardwood emits a rich, solid sound with each step, reflecting its density and integrity. In contrast, laminate or engineered flooring may produce hollow or artificial sounds, indicating their composition.
  • Subfloor Inspection: If possible, examine the underside of your flooring. Authentic hardwood floors consist of solid wood planks that extend from the surface to the subfloor below. Engineered or laminate floors, on the other hand, often feature composite materials or layers of plywood beneath the surface.

Consult the Experts at Paulson's Floor Coverings

If you're still uncertain about the authenticity of your hardwood floors, don't hesitate to seek guidance from the flooring experts at Paulson's Floor Coverings. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we'll help you navigate the nuances of hardwood flooring and ensure that your home exudes timeless elegance and charm.

Experience Timeless Elegance with Paulson's Floor Coverings

At Paulson's Floor Coverings, we understand the significance of authentic hardwood flooring in transforming your home into a sanctuary of style and sophistication. With our century-long legacy of excellence and dedication to quality craftsmanship, we invite you to explore our unparalleled selection of hardwood flooring options at our showrooms in Portland, Tigard, and Vancouver. Let us accompany you on your journey to discovering the enduring beauty of genuine hardwood floors—where every step is a testament to quality and refinement.