Learn more about your hardwood flooring options in Pleasanton, CA

hardwood flooring samplesHardwood flooring is a popular feature in any home. It’s no surprise that people make the decision to trade out their current floors for wooden ones.

What happens after you decide to make that switch?

A lot more goes into picking and installing hardwood floors than deciding you want one. While shopping for hardwood floors, you need to think about what type of flooring works best for your needs.

What Hardwood Flooring is Best for Your Home?

You might have never thought about types of hardwood flooring. But there are options available. For example, there are solid and engineered floorboards. Some people prefer the feel of hardwood floors while other people prefer the stability of engineered wood.

For example…

Solid wood panels have a different feel than engineered floors and generally can be quieter.

Engineered floors are made to stay together better and can be placed right on top of concrete.

After picking the type of hardwood floor, you get to think about the fun stuff — style. With style comes questions about grain pattern, plank width, and whether you should install prefinished wood or allow for a site finish.

Prefinished vs. On-Site Finish

hardwood flooring finish

Prefinished wood comes into your home with a stain and topcoat on it already.

With an on-site finish, the hardwood planks come with a raw face. The staining and finishing all come after the hardwood is installed in your home.

If you’re trying to fit hardwood into your existing room, purchasing hardwood that’s already stained might give you a better idea of what to expect.


With staining, you get more freedom to customize if you opt to finish the floor after it’s installed.

These are just some of the questions that come with buying – and installing – hardwood flooring. No matter what type of flooring you get and what questions come with it, Floor Coverings International has experts to help pick and install the floor that’s right for your home.

Schedule a Free Design Consultation

Here at Floor Coverings International East Bay, we combine excellent customer service and product knowledge with a wide selection of hardwood. This makes it easy to see why customers in the East Bay, Pleasanton and San Ramon areas choose us for their hardwood flooring projects.

When you choose our local team, you get:

  • Direct manufacturer prices
  • A local team at your fingertips
  • Years of hardwood product knowledge
  • Access to a mobile showroom that brings samples right to your door
  • An experienced, professional team of installers

Booking your free, in-home consultation with our design associates is easy. Give us a call, or book right from our homepage. We will bring a selection of hardwood, that’s catered to your interests, right to your door.