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Take the Guesswork out of Hardwood Flooring

Finding the right flooring for your home can be a lengthy process. Hardwood has become one of the most popular flooring options and the selection can seem endless. EiEiHome spoke to Dodd & Souter Flooring, a family owned company specializing in hardwood flooring for over three generations, serving the Durham Region and beyond since 1959. Over the years they have expanded and created a relaxing environment in their showroom where their experienced sales associates provide homeowners with many options and great advice.


If you are thinking of purchasing hardwood flooring for your home, there are many questions that they can help to answer such as;

What species of hardwood might you prefer for your home?
There are several varieties to choose from including oak, maple, ash, birch and exotic woods.

What look of hardwood are you wanting to match your décor?
If you prefer the grain of oak, the clean lines of maple, a wire-brushed finish or hand-scraped look, Dodd & Souter Flooring will provide samples to help you make the right choice. You’ll also want to decide on gloss levels – whether satin or semigloss.

What size or width of floor board will you want?
There are many options including traditional 2 ¼” or 3 ¼”, a wider 4 ¼” or a plank style floor.

What colour of hardwood will best suit your home?
A number of selections can be considered including natural, light stain or dark stain; and most homeowners will want to match with existing décor and colours.

In which areas of the house do you want to install hardwood?
Engineered hardwood may be more suitable than a solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood can be installed in almost any area of the home, including over concrete.


When investing in hardwood it’s important to remember that the products are not indestructible.  Hardwood flooring will dent, chip and scratch, as will other products. It’s also important to keep humidity levels regulated in the home. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help to maintain and preserve hardwood flooring so that it lasts.

Dodd & Souter Flooring care about their customers. They provide free in home estimates and professional installation for all types of flooring. Homeowners are invited to visit their showroom at 1624 Dundas St E. in Whitby, or can see a wide variety of flooring selections online at

Editor: Dawn Boshcoff

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