Selecting your flooring is one of those very basic but incredibly essential parts of building and renovating a home. It’s likely a decision you’ll make before anything else, as it underpins everything that follows. And while there are so many different routes to go, from tile to carpet, we’re here to talk about the gold standard: wood.
So now that you’ve settled on wood, there are still so many ways one could go. Do you want white oak or walnut, red oak, or cherry? How about a high-quality (and potentially expensive) reclaimed wood floor? Or perhaps you’re more interested in a cheap-but-durable laminate option? Not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. Oh yeah, there’s color too! We’ve got all the research to help you out from experts, but for now, we wanted to give you a list of sources and inspiration to get the ideas flowing.
Be sure that before you buy anything, do your homework on what types of flooring would be best for your needs. For now, explore the options available and see what grabs your attention.
Best for quick availability, affordability, and engineered wood
You know these companies, so it’s likely there’s a store near you. They both carry a range of products that vary from cheap laminates to nicer engineered-wood flooring from companies like Mohawk Flooring.
This company prides itself on having one of the largest inventories of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood floors, carrying solid and engineered hardwood, laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, cork flooring, vinyl flooring, wood-look tile flooring, butcher blocks, moldings, accessories, and tools. Plus, if you check out its site regularly, you can find one-off items at incredibly low prices. This might mean a wild, colorful, glossy-finished option, but if that’s what you’re after, it’ll be very cheap.
Bruce is a place to look when you just know you want some good old-fashioned oak flooring. They have options for finishes, though nothing too vast and unexpected. This is a place to go for streamlined searching.
Best for high-quality and wide-plank wood flooring
This Pennsylvania-based company is all about specialty hardwood flooring. They stock more than 100 species of domestic and exotic hardwood lumber.
While this Vermont-based company specializes in wide-plank flooring, where the wood comes from trees that are sustainably harvested by hand, it also offers engineered hardwood, antique wood, and custom pre-finished flooring options.
This 40-year-old company factory-finishes its flooring in a site-finished manner and specializes in wide-plank floors. Your floor will be manufactured by craftsmen in its New Hampshire facility, where your choices are pretty much unlimited.
For high-end European wood, stone, terra-cotta flooring, decorative tiles, and specialization in reclaimed materials, Exquisite Surfaces is the place to go.
Paris Ceramics is a big flooring resource for interior designers and architects. Resources that are used are found throughout Europe as well as globally. Despite the name, the company is a large carrier for high-quality wood.
This Bay Area company is all about high-quality flooring, with a selection and expertise known throughout the building and design industry. From ultra-modern to farmhouse chic, they have an extensive portfolio—something for every taste.
Best for reclaimed solid-wood flooring
Goodwin Heart Pine is a company located in Micanopy, Florida, that specializes in reclaiming antique heart pine and heart cypress from rivers and old buildings to produce lumber for flooring, stair parts, and millwork.
This company offers superior reclaimed wood floors, specialty wide-plank flooring, reclaimed barn-siding, reclaimed lumber, and matching accessories.
The Virginia-based company has been around for nearly 40 years, transforming reclaimed wood into antique floors. Mountain Lumber Co. travels the globe collecting antique wood from abandoned structures to make your floor.
The New Jersey–based company is a certified advocate of sourcing sustainable materials and using eco-friendly, low-VOC finishes and glues to minimize the impact on indoor air quality and health. So, not only do you get great flooring, but you can feel good that your floor meets the highest environmental and health standards.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest