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Learn about our approach to hardwood floor installation in Mentor, OH

Floor Coverings International of Mentor is a locally-owned expert in hardwood floor installation and selection. We combine personalized service with national buying power to deliver the look you want at an exceptional value.

Regardless of lifestyle, wood flooring adds value and comfort to any décor. With so many styles and types of hardwood to choose from, our designers can help you narrow down the options to find the perfect choice for your home.

What Kind of Hardwood Floor Installation is Best?

Your first choice is what kind of flooring to put in your home.

Natural hardwood is all wood planks. These are more susceptible to moisture and will expand. Natural hardwood comes in ¾ solid that can only be installed over a plywood subfloor on or above ground level and 5/16, a thinner option, can be glued to concrete or over plywood using urethane adhesives. For both sizes, a moisture barrier is recommended. For your type of flooring, you can pick from oak, walnut, hickory, maple, and more. Each wood has its own unique color and grain.

Another option is engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood has a thin layer of hardwood on top of layered plywood. Thinner, this option works best if your subfloor height does not allow for a thicker plank. Engineered wood is not as susceptible to moisture as natural wood is. It can be installed over concrete and go on any level in your house—even in the basement!

Installation: Where to Begin

When installing any type of hardwood flooring, you must consider where you are putting it and how it will be installed. A professional installer can be hired to put the floors in, allowing for customization and choices to match your room.


When installing a floor of any type, there are a few things to watch out for:

  1. Set the planks in the room they will be installed in, up off the ground and with the packages cut open to let the wood release its moisture and adapt to the climate of the room.
  2. The type of subfloor underneath the installment, how much height allowance there is and which level of the house the flooring is being installed in all effects which type of hardwood floor installation you can use.

With these things in mind, you are ready to start looking for the hardwood floor of your dreams.

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