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Hardwood Flooring Guide in Columbia, MD

Hardwood Flooring in Columbia, MD


The popularity of natural hardwood flooring dates to colonial times. Today, we continue to prize it for its unparalleled color, grain, and enduring beauty. Hardwood flooring is richer in appeal than ever before. It has an amazing ability to enhance any décor style.






At The Vertical Connection Carpet One Floor & Home, we’re the region’s one-stop source for your hardwood flooring needs. We carry all the latest solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Our onsite experts have decades of industry experience. We’re always here to help you discover the perfect hardwood floor for your home or business. Our goal is complete every installation to perfection. Understanding the differences between the various hardwood products is a vital step in the process.


Another solution is to choose a color that complements your existing floors. Imagine stepping from a room with a rich, darker brown floor to another room with an equally rich, deep red floor. Sticking to the same tones and hues can help to create a color theme throughout the home.


Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can be a beautiful and long-lasting addition to any Maryland home. There are several benefits to choosing hardwood floors over other flooring options, making it a popular choice among homeowners.


Hardwood flooring offers durability, a timeless aesthetic, allergy-friendliness, and can increase the value of your Maryland home. If you're considering hardwood flooring for your home, it is important to work with local flooring experts, we can provide you with the expertise, personalized service, and knowledge of local environmental factors that you need to make the best decision for your home. 


Types of Wood Flooring

Flooring is made using hardwood sourced from:



To understand the hardness of each hardwood type, the Janka Rating System is a wonderful resource to use. Understanding the differences can help determine which species is right for you.


What is Engineered Hardwood?


There are two types of hardwood flooring products to consider: solid and engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood, a more modern form of this flooring, is comprised of 3-5 layers of hardwood. These planks are laminated together with grains running at various angles. Engineered hardwood is denser than its solid counterpart. It won’t warp or bend when exposed to humidity or moisture. It also tends to be more affordable.


Can I Match New Hardwood Floors to Old Ones?


The short answer, unfortunately, is “No, not exactly”. However, there are ways you can coordinate your new hardwood floors with your existing ones for a complementary look.


The reason it’s impossible to match new hardwood flooring to existing hardwood floors is because wood is an organic, natural material. Over time, the color changes due to oxidization of the wood, and your floors will begin to show their age. You may notice that an old hardwood floor looks faded from the sun and shows scratches from years of wear and tear. In extreme cases, an old hardwood floor may even be warped from humidity and water damage. In cases like these, especially if the structural stability isn’t great, it’s best to replace the floor completely. However, if your hardwood floors are still solid and just look a little worn, there are solutions.


Matching Your New Hardwood Floors


As mentioned, it’s impossible to match a new hardwood floor to your existing hardwood floor. However, you can “coordinate” by choosing wood that is a similar color or that comes from the same species of tree. So, if you have dark wood floors made of maple, then try to choose wood for your new floors that are also maple or that are just similar in color.

Another solution is to choose a color that complements your existing floors. Imagine stepping from a room with a rich, dark brown floor to another room with an equally rich, deep red floor. Sticking to the same tones and hues can help to create a color theme throughout the home that still offers pleasant variety among different areas of the home.

The only way to “match” new wood flooring to existing hardwood is to sand and refinish ALL your floors, old and new!


Hardwood Flooring Care Guide


Solid hardwood is best in cool, dry spaces that are either at grade or above grade. Rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms are among these ideal spots. An engineered hardwood floor can be used anywhere. While not waterproof, engineered hardwood resists everyday moisture. It can be installed in finished basements, and laundry rooms.


Our hardwood flooring experts recommend that you avoid using water to clean your hardwood. This includes using any waxes or cleansers that are mixed with water or applied with a wet mop. Water, as well as lemon oil, or ammonia will dull your floor’s finish over time. Instead, consider sweeping or vacuuming regularly. This step is important since fine dirt particles can erode your flooring.


To ensure your hardwood floors last a lifetime, also remember to:


  1. Choose a vacuum head that’s either a soft brush or one made of felt.
  2. Promptly remove accidental spills to prevent staining.
  3. Always use a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by your respective manufacturer.


Healthy Hardwood Habits






Hardwood Refinishing Services


Got faded hardwood floors? When it’s time to give your old hardwood flooring an overhaul, you can trust in the professionals. The Vertical Connection Carpet One offers hardwood refinishing services. For the toughest damages, sanding and refinishing are necessary to return your hardwood to its long-lost looks. Sanding and refinishing call for special tools to remove all traces of time’s toil. Once your floor is down to its bare bones, a wood filler is used to level out the surface. From there, a new coat of stain is applied, followed by a clear, protective finish.


Is There Quality Harwood Flooring Near Me?


The Vertical Connection Carpet One Floor & Home offers high-quality hardwood options. We’re proud to be Greater Columbia’s destination for all your flooring needs. We carry beloved hardwood flooring brands, including Carpet One Floor & Home exclusives including Hydrotek Waterproof Hardwood Flooring Among our current inventory are hardwood selections made by Armstrong, Anderson, Biltmore, Hanover Hills, Bruce, BR-111, and more. 


Professional Hardwood Floor Installation

Professional hardwood flooring installation gives you peace of mind that the hardwood flooring you’re investing in today will serve you well into the future. We make sure with as little disruption to your schedule as possible and a beautiful new floor. 


4 Factors can affect the installation process

Vertical Connection's experienced team of installers are committed to making sure every detail is just right in the installation process of your new flooring, We know that it's not just the hardwood flooring that you choose that determines how they look but that you also need a superior installer to ensure your floors look beautiful. Therefore, we strive to ensure that the floor we’ve created together, is as beautiful as the one in your dreams. If not, we’ll replace it for free. That’s what we call The Beautiful Guarantee®.


Get A Free Hardwood Flooring Estimate

From small home projects to large commercial projects, Vertical Connection has done it all with professional skill and expertise. Whether you need hardwood floor installation,  a refinishing project to complete, or you need hardwood repairs. Contact us today for a free estimate for your flooring project. We proudly serve Ellicott City, Clarksville, Elkridge, greater Howard County, and beyond. Please visit us soon at 8895 McGaw Road in Columbia, MD, or shop us online today.



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