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Create the Perfect Custom Hardwood Floor

We understand how difficult choosing a custom hardwood floor can be. At Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring we want the very best for all our customers. A quality custom hardwood floor is an investment for your home. Our flooring can last over 100 years adding value to your home long into the future. We will help you find the floor that best reflects your lifestyle, your home’s design, works with your budget, and will add value to your home.

Custom Wood Floor - hickory - cherry - white oak - red oak - walnut - beech

Choose Your Species

The right species is very important to consider in order to get the floor that works best for your home and desired look. White Oak & Red Oak are the most popular for overall versatility, hardness and stability. R&Q Beech is a unique and beautiful floor. Hickory is the hardest domestic specie but is not very stable. Cherry & Walnut have true elegance but are slightly softer hardwood floors.   Learn more about each species on our species page.

Design Tip

White Oak is very popular right now, but red oak is a great alternative for some cost savings. R&Q Red Oak is a very beautiful floor and if you’re using a dark stain many people can’t tell the difference between the red or white oak.

Choose Your Grade

Consider how much of the tree’s natural characteristics you’d like to see in the floor. Our character grade, “natural” is equal to “clear” and “select” in terms of quality of wood. Natural will include sound knots, mineral streaks, worm holes and other natural characteristics.

Design Tip

Clear & Select grade presents a formal more traditional look to the floor. Natural grade is growing in popularity in all styles of homes, from very modern to rustic. The natural tree characteristics show the unique beauty only created by mother nature.

AMHF - Rift Sawn - Cutting Diagram

Rift Sawn

AMHF - Quarter Sawn - Cutting Diagram

Quarter Sawn

Choose Your Cut

We offer Rift & Quarter Sawn, Live Sawn and Plain Sawn cutting options. We have become well known in the hardwood flooring industry for the exceptional quality of our R&Q flooring.   Our professional reputation is based on the consistent quality and our attention to detail, offering flooring with tighter grading specification than the industry requires.

Design Tip

The cut is important as it effects the appearance of the wood, but even more importantly it effects how the wood expands and contracts with relative humidity & temperature. Rift & Quarter Sawn is more dimensionally stable option than plain sawn.

Choosing Widths & Lengths

Widths from 2 ¼” – 12” Are available. Narrow widths are more traditional and create a more formal appearance. Wide planks allow you to see more of each board fewer seams. Our rift & quarter sawn and live sawn are available as solid due to the stability of the cuts. Engineered also available.  

We offer 2 standard length options that you can mix to fit your budget and style.

  • Nested Bundles (NB) 1’-7’ average 42”
  • Long Lengths (LL) 7’-12’
White Oak Live sawn narrow widths
3" White Oak Live Sawn

Design Tip

Different widths, lengths, and patterns can be used in various parts of the house to help with budget. For example, many people will use the more expensive wide planks and long lengths on the main areas of the home. To save money you can use the same floor, but in a narrower width and shorter lengths in the bedrooms and closets.

Solid VS Engineered

Solid or Engineered?

We offer almost everything in engineered as we do in solid. Our custom drying and specialty cuts (rift & quarter sawn and live sawn) allow us to confidently sell solid wide plank floors throughout the country and in homes with radiant heat. Our engineered is recommended for below grade installation and for glue down floors above concrete. However, due to advancements in adhesives, many installers are gluing down solid wood flooring on concrete.

Design Tip

Many customers take advantage of the ability to use the same wood through their whole house. They order both solid and engineered to keep the wood consistent and installing the solid flooring above grade and the engineered flooring in their below grade basements. 

Patterns & Textures

Parquet floors are back in style. Custom patterns in Herringbone, Chevron, Basketweave, End Grain, are all very popular. We’re seeing patterns created in everything from traditional clear grades to large live sawn herringbone floors full of natural characteristics.  

We also offer custom surface treatments that create a reclaimed look to our wood flooring. We have various options from full hand scraped, which is truly done by hand, to wire brush, hand crafted edge, and circle sawn. 

Design Tip

Adding a border or parquet in an entry way or office is a great way to really make your home unique.   Our textured floors are a great alternative to very expensive reclaimed flooring.

White Oak - Live Sawn - Herringbone - Installation

Site Finish or Pre-Finish?

We strongly believe a site finished floor is far superior than a prefinish. The craftmanship, customization, return on investment, and overall beauty in a site finish is far superior than a prefinish. However, we understand in certain situations that a prefinish floor is necessary and can provide custom prefinish options.

Design Tip

We are connected to skilled NWFA certified installers across the country. We can help find someone to make your floor truly beautiful.   Don’t settle for a cheap prefinish. Your floor is an investment in your home. The return on your investment of a site finish floor outweighs a cheap or mid-level prefinish product.

Visit Our Showroom

Visit our showroom located in beautiful Emlenton, PA to see our flooring in person. It’s the best way to see the variety of our hardwood species, rift & quarter sawn examples, hand-scraped surfaces, unique design pattern, and much more.

Our showroom hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays by appointment. To better serve you, please call us in advance at 724-867-9441 to schedule an appointment.

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