January 2014


Purchasing a wood floor can be a complicated process, especially if it's your first time.  Learning about all of the unique product differences and industry-specific terminology used can be intimidating and overwhelming - Hardwood Bargains is here to help you navigate through this, and to make the right choice for your wood flooring project.  One of the questions that we get asked about a lot here in our showroom is, "Aluminum Oxide; what is it? And how does it protect the wood?"

Aluminum Oxide

Aluminum Oxide, also known as Alumina, is a chemical compound of aluminum and oxygen, and is commonly used in the production of aluminum metal. The overall hardness, insoluble nature, and an extremely high melting point make Aluminum Oxide essential in a number of applications including electrical insulation, composite fibers, and medical applications such as joint and hip replacements.

 Aluminum Oxide

It is also utilized in finishes for hardwood flooring. At the factory level, coats of polyurethane are applied to the wood, and aluminum oxide particles are added, increasing the strength and durability of the finish.  Adding the compound will increase the resistance to scratches, as well as general wear and tear. We use this finish on many of our floors - It is so durable that we are able to confidently offer finish warranties of 25 years or greater.  With aluminum oxide finished floors, clean-up and floor maintenance is simple and straightforward, overall hardness and scratch resistance are increased, and you get a beautiful, timeless, durable hardwood floor that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.


As an online retailer of quality, yet affordable hardwood flooring, we knew we needed to step back and offer a commitment to sustainability to not only our customers, but our earth as well. By partnering with American Forests for the Global Releaf forest restoration program, we’ve made the commitment to replant two trees for each tree used in our sold products.

 American Forests Logo

American Forests protects and restores urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, it is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country. It serves as a catalyst for thousands of forest ecosystem restoration products and public education efforts each year. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 40 million trees throughout the US.

Here at Hardwood Bargains, we hope our green business practices set a new standard in the renovation industry. In addition to our tree replanting program, we offer other eco-friendly practices in our day-to-day operations. We specialize in engineered wood flooring products, which are inherently more eco-friendly because they use fewer resources from the environment. All products are made formaldehyde-free, which makes for better air quality and helps those with respiratory issues.

Forest Foundation

“Hardwood Bargains makes a concerted effort to be green every day and we encourage our consumers and colleagues to do the same,” Ben Thompson, co-owner of Hardwood Bargains, said.

Overall, the installation of wood floors is gentler on the environment due to its sustainability compared to carpeting or other flooring materials.  For certain installations, we offer a floating installation that uses recycled foam underlayment that is produced from recycled tires.

Our team is committed to supporting the reforestation of trees and creating a sustainable, eco-friendly practice. Every member on our team is extremely knowledgeable and can assist you to determine the best products and installation methods for your home and health. Visit us today and check out some of our eco-friendly floors