Hardwood Flooring Color Options & Finishes

10 Coats UV-cured Aluminum-Oxide Wood Flooring

A good wood floor isn’t determined just by the wood species, plank thickness, or wear layer. There is another aspect to consider and ask about – the wood finish applied. There are several finishes to choose from, but the one we carry is 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood flooring. Now, you can buy unfinished wood planks and do an on-site finishing process. However, this is a very time-intensive and laborious process. On-site UV curing does exist, but you should always hire a professional to do it. When you hear us talk about a finish such as 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood floors, that means it has been finished by the manufacturer in order to allow for an easy in-home installation.

What is Aluminum-Oxide Polyurethane?
Polyurethane is one of several types of finishes used in pre-finished floors, the others being acrylic-urethane, ceramic, and acrylic impregnated. With our 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood flooring, the polyurethane is the clear, durable finish that is applied as the wear layer. These coats yield a smooth satin finish, which allows the grain pattern and texture to really standout. The toughness and increased abrasion resistance of 10-coat aluminum-oxide wood floors come from the aluminum-oxide particles added to the finish. In our engineered wood products, we use two coats of aluminum oxide layered among the other eight polyurethane layers. This process dramatically increases the life of the floor.

What is UV-cured flooring?
A floor that is UV-cured simply means that the coating applied (in our case, the aluminum-oxide polyurethane finish) to the floor instantly hardens when exposed to UV light rather than heat. UV curing is a process that is common within the flooring industry and others, such as automotive, electronics, graphic arts and more. This type of curing also reduces VOC emissions, making it safer for the environment and you.

Benefits of a UV-cured Aluminum-Oxide Floor
10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood floors come with several benefits, some of which we mentioned already. To begin with, this kind of floor finish is extremely durable. It creates a wear layer that is nearly resistant to abrasions.

Second, the finish we use with our 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide floors is formaldehyde free so that you can be confident knowing that your air quality will not be negatively affected.

A third benefit of our aluminum-oxide floors is that they will not show water spots that are often visible when a wax-based protective coating is used.

If you have any questions about the UV-cured aluminum-oxide floors we carry, please reach out to us directly at 1-844-334-2877 or email us at support@gohaus.com.

Artisan Hand Scraped Wood Flooring

Artisan Hand Scraped WoodBefore hardwood flooring was mass-produced, artisan hand scraped wood flooring planks were smoothed and scraped by hand. The cherished technique of using a knife to shave a plank to smoothness leaves wood planks beautifully natural. Nowadays, hand scraped wood floors has become a popular modern trend in residential homes and commercial spaces alike. Also known as hand sculpted wood flooring, artisan hand scraped wood floors are contoured to show off the wood’s natural textures. Modern, artisan hand scraped wood flooring will instantly give any space a subtle warmth and vintage ambiance straight from the manufacturer’s box.

Hand scraped wood flooring today is designed to have the look of a unique, older floor, while still modern and polished. There are two ways to achieve this look: by man or by machine.

Artisan hand scraped wood floors will be more expensive since the process requires more manual labor. No two planks will be the same. Even vinyl and laminate flooring have hand scraped options to give the floors a more authentic hardwood look. Due to the uniqueness of artisan hand scraped wood flooring, this flooring is extremely popular to install in homes today.

Wood planks ready for hand scrapingFlooring that is machine-scraped will be less costly, but will have a repetitive pattern. Wood floors scraped by a machine will show the same marking patterns, which can degrade the look of the final floor. Choosing the right flooring contractor to install this type of flooring is essential to ensure that the pattern is installed correctly for a more natural look.

Compared to classic, smooth hardwood floors that we are all too familiar with, hand scraped wood floors require minimal maintenance. If your floor sustains any minor damage from moving furniture or general wear from foot traffic, it is easily hidden in the flooring texture. You never have to re-scrape or refinish the floors.

Don’t confuse artisan hand scraped wood floors with “distressed” wood flooring. Although they both have similar manufacturing processes, hand scraped hardwood flooring will always have more variation than distressed hardwood. Distressed hardwood will almost always be scraped by a machine, creating a more uniform look.

GoHaus offers only artisan hand scraped wood flooring. From maple to oak and dark to light, we carry several different species of wood and colors to choose from. Select up to six samples for free to see the quality of our hand scraped wood floors up close. We ship all samples for free!

Black-Brown Wood Flooring

When it comes to hardwood flooring, there is no “one size fits all” color and style that suits everyone’s tastes. Your style, preferences, space and lifestyle all should factor into your decision when choosing a color for your wood floors. Do you have a pet? How big is the room? How much natural light will enter the room? What décor do you currently have? These are all questions that you should ask yourself before settling on color. 

Black-brown wood flooring is an excellent choice to install in your home due to its richness in color. It provides a powerful contrast to bright wall paint or cabinetry. The boldness of black-brown hardwood will add classic elegance effortlessly into any space. Dark wood floors will also reflect the quality of your upkeep and maintenance, however. Pet hair, dirt, and scuffs will stand out more on a dark floor. Because of this, dark floors will require more attention and maintenance.

If you are considering a black-brown wood floor, be sure to consider your current furnishings, wall paint, and any other décor that you already have. Although the black-brown wood floors do not have to exactly match any other wood tones in your home, you will want to avoid having starkly contrasting wood color choices.

Also consider how much sunlight your space gets during the day. If you have a lot of natural light flowing into the room you are installing the flooring in, a dark black-brown wood floor is a beautiful choice. However, if the room is dim, the dark floors can make the room appear darker and smaller.

No matter the color, the stability of the hardwood flooring will come down to the species and wood construction. Black-brown wood flooring can come in a number of different species, so find a grain and texture that works best with your style and taste. Wood species with a higher Janka wood hardness rating will be more stable, meaning it will expand and contract less than woods with lower hardness levels. Exotic wood floors tend to be much harder than domestic wood floors. Engineered wood floors are more stable than solid wood floors due to its cross-ply construction, making it less susceptible to expansion as well.

The durability of a black-brown wood floor is also determined by the construction of the floors. The thickness of the wood veneer, specifically for an engineered hardwood floor, will determine how durable the wood flooring is. Although, black-brown hardwood flooring is known to show scratches more than a lighter colored wood, but color does not affect the durability of the floor. Also consider the hardness for durability. The hardness level will also indicate how likely the floors are to dent: the harder the floor, the less likely it is to dent. 

The best way to see how a black-brown wood floor will fit in your space is to lay down a sample of the floor in the room. You can see firsthand how the flooring will complement your existing furnishings and wall coverings. GoHaus offers up to 6 free samples, and we carry a full line of engineered wood flooring with many choices in species. We will also pay for the shipping of your samples, a gift from us to you! Our dedicated flooring specialists will be able to guide you along your remodeling journey, so please do not hesitate to ask us any questions regarding the flooring, installation and other tips and tricks.

Distressed Wood Flooring

In today’s flooring industry, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Wood flooring still remains at the top of homebuyers’ wish lists because it increases a home’s value and can be re-sanded and refinished multiple times over decades. Add some distressing to that wood and you now have one of the most sought after flooring trends – distressed wood flooring. As time has shown, flooring trends have evolved and homeowners are looking for unique features, colors, and even materials to make their space a knockout. Distressed wood floors have a distinct character that lends itself well to creating a room with unique character and style.

Distressed wood flooring is categorized as such due to the processes the wood goes through during the manufacturing process to give it that added “character” a lot of people seek. These processes often include:

  • Aging the wood: the aging process typically involves some sort of staining and/or sanding. Certain stains make the wood look older and used, while sanding with rough sand paper adds more texture to the grain. These two elements are also considered “weathering” and are used to make the beach wood look.
  • Wire brushing: As the term implies, this process simply means a wire brush is run along the wood planks to accentuate the grain of the wood.
  • Sculpting: A technique that is similar to hand scraping, but focused on sculpting around raised knots to give it even more natural quality.
  • Hand scraping: A method that scraps the surface layer of the wood to create indentations.

A quick Internet search will show that you can attempt distressed wood floors on your own as well, but that may take some time depending on what your square footage is. DIY distressed flooring can be accomplished with a variety of materials that you’re likely to have on hand, such as tea (for staining), hammer or mallet, nails, steel wool, and sand paper.

From an interior design perspective, distressed wood floor coverings (and distressed wood, in general) can be used to create so many different rooms that are far from the typical rustic-cabin interior design style that typically pops into most minds.

GoHaus offers several distressed wood flooring options. Before purchasing, we always encourage buyers to request floor samples. This gives you time to look at your options, place them in your space, and even compare with paint tiles or accent pieces you have. If you’re looking at distressed wood floors with us, we offer up to 6 free samples to help you choose the best floor for your space. Contact us at 1-844-334-2877 or support@gohaus.com to learn more.

Dark Brown Wood Flooring

We all want a house, a room, or a space that we just fall head over heels in love with every time we walk through the door. And, sometimes being in love with the room means we love the colors, textures, and materials that are used. Finding the balance is the key. Take dark brown wood flooring, for instance; it may seem unwelcoming (depending on how dark the shade is) and maybe even too bold. However, with the right colors and elements, you can create a room that complements your style perfectly. There are two advantages to installing dark brown wood floors; it increases your home’s value and if you get tired of the color, you have the ability to sand it down and refinish it (multiple times if you have solid wood floors, once or twice if you have engineered wood floors).

You’ll be happy to know that wood flooring can actually lay the foundation for a variety of design styles. But before you go too far down this color path, think about the room you want to install the floor in. Is it a playroom? Master bedroom? Den? Office? Take into consideration the different elements of the room; cabinetry, furniture, paint color, etc. Not stepping back and absorbing the big picture before moving forward with a floor might leave you with a room you’re not as thrilled about.

As a rule of thumb, we encourage people not match their wood floors with the other wood pieces of the house. That dark brown wood dining table of yours does not have to match dark brown wood floors. Matching everything in your space is going to make the room feel heavy or even drab. If dark brown flooring appeals to you, build around it lighter wood tones, white and cream colors.

Dark brown floor coverings, wood specifically, can create the feeling of a comfy cabin getaway, or be the perfect foundation for a modern abode.

Color aside; you still have to keep the floor material in mind. Dark brown solid wood flooring limits your installation areas. You always have to keep solid wood flooring at or above ground rooms, and out of rooms with excessive humidity changes. An engineered wood floor is better if you want to install wood in a room such as the basement.

GoHaus offers several options of dark brown wood flooring. Before purchasing, we always encourage buyers to request floor samples. This gives you time to look at your options, place them in your space, and even compare with paint tiles or accent pieces you have. If you’re looking at engineered wood floors with us, we offer up to 6 free samples to help you choose the best floor for your space. Contact us at 1-844-334-2877 or support@gohaus.com to learn more.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring was introduced to the flooring industry and general public as early as the 1960’s. However, plywood is believed to be the original engineered hardwood, as it was the first wood product to bond together thin layers of soft wood species with adhesive. For years, plywood was billed as the strongest wood on the market during and after World War II. Advancements in the industry finally gave way to what we now call engineered wood. Engineered wood floors today have grown in popularity for several reasons; its variety in color and texture, ease of installation, and ability to install below ground level (basements) or in humid and moisture prone areas (bathrooms).

Let’s back up a bit and talk about the construction of engineered wood flooring. First, as we already mentioned, engineered wood floors are similar to plywood in that they are built in layers; a plywood core and a real hardwood veneer on the top. These layers are bonded together in what as known as a cross-ply construction. This construction means that each layer of plywood and the top veneer is laid down in the opposite direction of the wood sheet beneath it, giving the engineered flooring added stability.

When we say stability, we’re talking about the stability of engineered wood floor coverings in comparison to solid wood floor coverings. Unlike wood floors that expand and contract due to seasonal humidity changes, engineered hardwood floors do not because of the cross-ply construction.

In addition to stability, engineered wood can be installed using one of the three methods; floating, which means the planks are adhered to one another and not the subfloor; glue down, meaning the planks can be glued to the sub-floor; and nail down, simply meaning the planks can be nailed to a plywood subfloor.

Another factor that we feel is very important is sustainable harvesting. Engineered wood’s plywood core is made from wood species that are considered fast growth wood, while the top layer features a beautiful slow growth wood that you would find in most solid wood floors. Using both types of wood in the product construction helps to cut down on the traditional waste of solid hardwood harvesting.

Finally, an important factor to keep in mind when purchasing an engineered floor, or any engineered wood product, is the CARB Phase 2 compliance. This means the product is compliant with the California Air Resources Board regulation to reduce formaldehyde emissions in certain wood products.

GoHaus offers several engineered wood flooring options. Before purchasing, we always encourage buyers to request floor samples. This gives you time to look at your options, place them in your space, and even compare with paint tiles or accent pieces you have. If you’re looking at engineered wood floors with us, we offer up to 6 free samples to help you choose the best floor for your space. Contact us at 1-844-334-2877 or support@gohaus.com to learn more.

Golden-Brown Wood Flooring

Golden brown wood flooringAre you looking for golden-brown wood flooring? Wood floors can increase your home’s market value and are on nearly every homebuyer’s wish list. You can’t really go wrong with installing new hardwood floors in your home, or even just in a new space. However, looking at flooring options can be a daunting task with the endless selection of colors, species, and textures. The color of your floors will set the tone of your entire room, and can either renew your space or go horrifically wrong. Light grays and whites will evoke lightness and a cool freshness, while brown and yellow tones will make you feel cozy and snug. The rustic radiance of golden-brown wood floors will bring in warmth into any space. Golden-brown wood flooring will definitely take you back to the classic countryside and make any space feel homey.

Golden brown wood floorsBe sure to look at flooring colors to complement your wall paint, furnishings, cabinets and overall color scheme. Randomly choosing a floor color without considering what you already have will likely leave you and your wallet sorely disappointed. Keep in mind that the wood floors you choose do not have to exactly match your other wood furniture or cabinets. If you have golden-brown cabinets, you would not want to select golden-brown wood flooring that matches exactly. The wood will end up washing each other out and look very stale. Choose tones that are similar, but not exactly alike.

Golden-brown wood floors is a great choice if you want to have a classic look in your home. We have several options of golden-brown flooring to help you determine which best fits your home. Pair golden-brown wood floor coverings with neutral colored furniture and succulents for the hip desert look. You can also utilize rich wood accent furniture to bring the winter cabin ambiance into your home. Golden-brown wood also mixes well with bright colors like red and orange to help add vibrancy to your home.

Request some floor samples to have delivered to your home to make sure the flooring you like will complement our home. GoHaus offers up to 6 free samples to help you during your selection process. We pay for the shipping of your samples, so it’s 100% free of any cost to you. Be sure to note that choosing more than 6 samples will make your decision-making more overwhelming rather than help narrow your choices down. However, if you need more than 6 samples, please reach out to our sales team and we will be able to accommodate your needs.

Grayish-Brown Wood Flooring

Grayish brown wood flooringAre you looking for grayish-brown wood flooring? Wood has been used as a floor covering for years, often topping homebuyers’ wish lists and definitely increasing a home’s market value. Whether installing in your entire home or simply just one room, you can’t go wrong with hardwood. With the selection of colors, species, and textures on the market, the question becomes – which direction should you go? Deciding on the color of your floor will probably be one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make. The floor color will set the tone for your entire room, and can either renew your space or make it look drab. Grayish-brown wood floors have been an increasingly popular color to modernize homes today, without making a room feel too cold.

Be sure to look at flooring colors to complement the paint on your walls, current furnishings, shelving, fixtures and overall color palette. Randomly choosing a floor color without considering what you already own in your home will likely leave you dissatisfied with the end result. Keep in mind that the wood floors you choose don’t have to exactly match all of your other wood furnishings. If you have grayish-brown kitchen cabinetry, you would not want to select grayish-brown wood flooring that is exactly the same. The two wood colors will wash each other out and look dull. Choose wood tones that are similar, but not exactly alike.

Grayish-brown wood planks are an excellent choice if you want to have a modern floor that is still warm and inviting. We have several options of grayish-brown wood floors to help you determine which best suits your space. Pair grayish-brown planks with furnishings that have rich chocolate-brown accents, like a white chair with mahogany legs. Very light-gray furniture also complements well with grayish-brown flooring. Looking for a neat accent wall idea? Paint one wall with chalkboard paint. All of these colors work beautifully together. Grayish-brown wood floor coverings also mix well with royal colors like a rich orange or a bright purple. Utilize these color combinations to add color and vibrancy to your space.

Sometimes images you see online are different than when you see the flooring in person. Before fully committing to one shade of grayish-brown wood flooring, be sure to request some floor samples. You can see first-hand how the grayish-brown wood floors will complement your existing furnishings and wall coverings. GoHaus offers up to 6 free samples to help you during your selection process. We also pay for the shipping of your samples, so it’s 100% free of any cost to you. However, if you need more than 6 samples, please reach out to our sales team and we will be able to accommodate your needs.

Medium Brown Wood Flooring

It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone wants to create a house, room, or space that they will be happy with for years to come. Sometimes, love of a room comes down to colors, textures, and materials. Finding the balance is the important part. Take medium brown wood flooring, for instance; it may seem like the more traditional flooring color choice. However, with the right colors and elements, you can create a space that complements and expresses your personal style. There are two advantages to installing medium brown wood floors; the wood itself increases your home’s value and if you get tired of the color, you have the ability to sand it down and refinish it (multiple times if you have solid wood floors, once or twice if you have engineered wood floors).

If medium brown wood flooring is in your inspiration boards, then you’ll be happy to know that it can actually be a great foundation for a variety of design styles. Don’t go too far down this color path just yet, though. Take a moment to assess the room you’ll be installing in. Is it a living room? Kitchen? Office? Also, take into consideration the different elements of the room; cabinets, furniture, paint color, etc. It’s important to step back and consider the big picture. Not doing so might leave you with a final result you’re not as in love with as you should be.

A general rule of thumb we always share is that matching wood floors with the other wood pieces of the house is not necessary. That medium brown wood coffee table of yours does not have to match the medium brown wood floors. Matching wood tones exactly in your space is going to make the room feel monotone and lack depth. If medium brown flooring is something you have in mind, build around it with lighter woods tones, and maybe even throw in a pop of color here and there to accentuate the tone of the floor.

Medium brown floor coverings, and the wood specifically, can help to create a warm and inviting environment.

Color aside; you can’t forget about the floor material you’re choosing. Medium brown solid wood flooring limits your installation areas. Solid wood flooring can only be installed at or above ground rooms, and out of rooms with excessive humidity changes. An engineered wood floor is better if you want to install wood in a room such as a basement.

GoHaus offers several options of medium brown engineered wood flooring. Before purchasing, we always encourage buyers to request floor samples. This gives you time to look at your options, place them in your space, and even compare with paint tiles or accent pieces you have. If you’re looking at engineered wood floors with us, we offer up to 6 free samples to help you choose the best floor for your space. Contact us at 1-844-334-2877or support@gohaus.com to learn more.

Sand and Refinish Hardwood Floors

sand-and-refinish-hardwoodThere are a lot of benefits to having solid hardwood flooring in your home. There is the obvious benefit of it adding value to your home, as well as the longevity it provides. Hardwood flooring that has been installed on a sound foundation and well cared for can last decades.

However, decades worth of foot traffic can also cause some noticeable wear and tear that you’ll more than likely want to remove. The good news is that all is not lost when a scratch appears. Solid hardwood floors offer the option to sand and refinish the wood planks in order to create a virtually brand new wood floor.

So, what is a sand and refinish for wood flooring? We’re glad you asked. A sand and refinish is the process of removing the first layer of wood flooring in order to create a fresh top layer. This process requires generous amounts of time sanding and cleaning so that your floors can be properly refinished. After the floors have been sanded and cleaned, you can refinish the floor to create the new look you want minus the blemishes that originally existed.

A few reasons people often use the technique of sanding and refinishing hardwood is because it’s an alternative to spending money on brand new flooring, it removes blemishes caused by wear and tear produced over time, and it allows you to be creative with your floor color and change it as you please.

Before you dive into a sanding and refinishing project, make sure you know what you’re in for. Here are some of the basics to consider: 

  1. Floor preparations. This involves checking all floorboards to make sure they are secure. You will also need to prepare the room for the dust that will be created from the sanding. Cover and mask around doors and air vents.
  2. Rental equipment. Talk with a flooring specialist about the kind of sander that is best for a DIY job. A drum sander is the most common for sanding down flooring. Edges and corners may require different tools.
  3. Cleaning. After you’ve sanded down the floor to your liking, it’s very important you vacuum all of the dust and debris created.
  4. Stain and polyurethane. Applying the stain isn’t quite the last step. After the wood stain is applied and dried, a coat of polyurethane finish will help protect the floor. Adequate dry time is necessary. Refer to the polyurethane manufacturer’s recommendations.
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