Many people will remember when a finely finished hardwood floor bespoke of Old World refinement and charm. It was, and still is, not at all uncommon to find hardwood floors in many of the finer homes and businesses in and around the Villages area, some of which you can see at or by simply taking a stroll and visiting with neighbors. But, hardwood flooring, while one of the oldest flooring systems mankind has used, is also a modern wonder. Starting with the Danes, lighter tones of wood have been used to brighten up rooms and halls, and, now, homeowners and business owners have a hardwood options that run from very light (almost white) to very dark, traditional tones.

In addition to now having virtually every color tone one could wish for, modern hardwood flooring is also available in a variety of constructions. Engineered and solid plank are the two most popular, with plank hardwood flooring being used more and more these days. Plank hardwood flooring is true hardwood flooring. Consumers who install plank hardwood flooring say that they can feel the difference underfoot. It is more stable and solid-feeling and because it is solid through-and-through it will last for decades, if not centuries.

While many of those living in the Villages prefer a darker, richer tone for their hardwood flooring, others prefer a lighter, brighter tone. It is a known fact that a lighter tone of hardwood flooring will make a room or hallway, even one without windows, easier to see in as there is more usable light. These floors can be especially helpful for those who may have vision problems in dim areas.

Whether you choose light, dark, or medium tones for your hardwood flooring, you must make sure that you hire experienced installers to put your new floor in for you. Do not underestimate the importance of working with only trained and professional hardwood flooring installers. Installation of hardwood is nothing like installation of carpeting, and it requires skilled workmen to get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

If you would like to know more about hardwood flooring, visit or call Direct Custom Floors in the Villages area. We can answer all your hardwood questions.