Hardwood Flooring in Castle Hayne, NC from Barefoot Flooring

How to Tell If You Have Real Hardwood Floors in Your Home

Welcome to Barefoot Flooring, your trusted destination for exquisite flooring solutions in Castle Hayne, NC, proudly serving the Wilmington area for over 20 years. If you're considering upgrading your home's flooring, you might be wondering whether you have real hardwood floors or not. As experts in all things flooring, we're here to guide you through the process of determining whether your floors are indeed authentic hardwood.

  1. Visual Inspection

The first step in identifying real hardwood floors is to visually inspect the surface. Real hardwood floors typically have natural variations in color and grain patterns, showcasing the unique characteristics of the wood species used. Look for imperfections such as knots, mineral streaks, and variations in texture, as these are common traits of genuine hardwood.

  1. Check for Grain Patterns

Hardwood floors feature distinctive grain patterns that are absent in engineered or laminate flooring. Examine the floor closely to identify the direction of the grain. Real hardwood will have a consistent grain pattern that runs throughout each plank, adding to its authentic appearance.

  1. Look at the Edges

Inspect the edges of the floorboards. Real hardwood floors usually have slightly beveled edges, known as micro-bevels, which help to create a seamless transition between each plank. If you notice smooth, uniform edges without any beveling, it's likely that your floors are not made of solid hardwood.

  1. Tap Test

Perform a simple tap test to determine the solidity of your floors. Real hardwood produces a solid, resonant sound when tapped with a hard object like a coin or a key. If you hear a hollow or muffled sound, it could indicate that your floors are engineered or laminate, as these materials are typically installed over a subfloor and may not have the same density as solid hardwood.

  1. Examine the Subfloor

If possible, inspect the subfloor beneath your flooring. Solid hardwood floors are typically installed directly over a plywood or wooden subfloor, whereas engineered or laminate floors may be installed over concrete or other materials. Additionally, real hardwood can be sanded and refinished multiple times over its lifespan, revealing the solid wood layers underneath.

We understand the importance of discerning whether your floors are real hardwood or not. With our expertise and wide selection of flooring options, including genuine hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate, and more, we're here to help you find the perfect flooring solution for your home. Visit our showroom in Castle Hayne, NC, or contact us today to learn more about our products and services. Let us help you bring the timeless beauty of hardwood into your home.