Natural Beauty, Rich in tradition

All About Hardwood

since 1969

Given its natural and enduring beauty, hardwood flooring remains one of the most popular options for home flooring. It’s a versatile solution that makes a distinctive statement with style variation. Every plank of hardwood is a unique piece of nature that matures over time with age and wear. Hardwood floors have their own character and charm that will last for decades with proper care.

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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Solid Hardwood
·      Each plank made from a single, solid piece of wood
·      Thicker, typically ¾-inch
·      Can be sanded many times over the years
·      Nailed or stapled down during installation
·      Will last for decades
·      Can’t be installed in basements or bathrooms
Engineered Hardwood
·      Planks are made from layers of wood
·      Thinner, typically 3/8-inch to ½-inch
·      Can only be sanded one or two times
·      Easy to install, can float or fold-and-lock
·      Durable, but won’t last as long as solid
·      Better at dealing with moisture
Choosing from

Hardwood Styles

There are different hardwood styles to choose from, what’s your texture? Hover over the images to the right to find out more. 

  • Handscraped Hardwood flooring | Bowling Carpet

    Hand Scraped

    Pattern construction carpet is made with varying loop and cut heights for looks that range from bold and dramatic to simple and understated. This low-profile style handles traffic beautifully.

  • Distressed hardwood flooring | Bowling Carpet


    Texture construction carpet has long, crimped yarns for a casual look that works for any room. With higher pile for a super-soft feel, it's no wonder that texture is our most popular style.

  • Wirebrush | Bowling Carpet

    Wire Brushed

    Loop construction carpet has dense, looped strands and a low profile for a clean, low-maintenance look. This style is durable, reliable, and ideal for high-traffic areas.

  • Smooth Hardwood flooring | Bowling Carpet


    Frieze, or twist construction, carpet has high, twisted yarns for a longer crimped look and relaxed feel. Its long twists create dimension and visual interest as well as a bouncy, springy feel underfoot.

FAQs of Hardwood Flooring

Still looking for more info about hardwood flooring? Here are some of the hardwood questions we get asked most often by our customers here at Bowling’s Carpet.


Hardwood floors are sturdy and beautiful - but they'll reach their full potential for lasting performance when properly installed!

Care & Maintenance

Learn how to properly clean and maintain your hardwood floors. With the right care, hardwood can last for many decades looking new.

Inspiration Gallery

Get inspired to use hardwood flooring in your own home or business when you browse our gallery of hardwood room designs!

Hardwood Brands We Carry

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Timeless Hardwood

An effortlessly classic look.