Types of Wood floors

If you’re in the process of building a new home or remodeling your old home, you’ll want to consider a variety of Wood choices. Not every Wood is a suitable choice for every home – just like a granite counter-top is not right for every single kitchen. You’ll want to look at the hardness, color variations, durability, And ability to handle moisture And humidity for your climate.

Types of Wood floors

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid Wood flooring comes in three main types. Each type is available in both an Unfinished And a Pre-finished version.
Refer to our page Unfinished vs Pre-finished to learn more: Unfinished Vs Pre-finished Hardwood Floor

* Strip flooring

This type of flooring is denoted by the thickness And width of the Wood planks. Strip flooring has a set width, but the thickness can vary. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide. It is available only in widths of 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches And 2 1/4 inches.

* Plank flooringHome

It is available only in thicknesses of 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch And a range of widths from 3 inches to 8 inches. Plank flooring only comes in two thicknesses, but unlike strip flooring, the widths can vary.

* Parquet flooring

They are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual Wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive. Parquet floors have a very different look from typical hardwoods.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic Laminate veneer With real Wood. Engineered Wood flooring should not be confused With Laminate Wood flooring, Laminate flooring contains no actual Wood.

Acrylic-impregnated Wood Flooring

This type of flooring is most commonly used in commercial, not residential, projects. Acrylic-impregnated Wood flooring is infused With sealant And color throughout the thickness of the Wood. This type of Floor is very hard And it is highly resistant to moisture And scratches.

Wood Varieties:

* Mahogany
* Cherry
* Pine
* Oak, White And Red
* Beech
* White Ash
* Maple
* Birch
* Douglas Fir
* Hickory
* Pecan
* Cypress

There are a host of other natural hardwoods, but these are the most common. They have varying degrees of hardness, color ranges And moisture stabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long refinishing a hardwood floor takes?

That depends on the size of the project. Normally sanding & finishing is a three day process, but allow four in case the finish isn’t dry from one day to the next, depending upon weather conditions.

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What is laminate Wood and engineered flooring?

Laminate Wood flooring is basically plywood With a veneer Wood on the top layer. Engineered flooring is basically vinyl attached to an underlayment. Despite what anyone tells you, these types of flooring cannot be refinished. There isn’t enough, if any, Wood to sand but if you must choose between laminate and engineered, the life expectancy of an engineered floor is longer.

What kind of hardwoods can I place on a concrete sub floor?

If moisture conditions are acceptable, two of the most widely used applications would be engineered hardwood floors glued direct With the proper adhesives, and floating engineered flooring types. The latter typically glued by tongue and groove and floated over a foam cushioned underlayment. Floating floors are also available in the click together style that require no gluing. More traditional 3/4″ solid hardwoods on concrete can be accomplished With the addition of a plywood sub floor, used as a nailing base over the concrete. However, this raises problems With door entries and other items. Overall vertical height of the new floor will increase by 1 1/2 inches. Unfinished engineered hardwood floors eliminate vertical height issues and can be stained or finished to any desires.

What about putting hardwood in my kitchen?

Hardwood is extremely durable, and With minimal care will far outlast most floor covering. Kitchens are the focal point in many homes and hardwood will warm your kitchen, making all your guests feel right at home. By taking such precautions as cleaning spills as they occur, keeping scatter rugs in high traffic areas such as in front of your sink, refrigerator, etc. Felt cushions on chair legs, and using proper cleaning procedures, your floor should maintain its beauty for years to come.

Can I put hardwood in my bathroom?

Hardwood is installed in 1/2 baths in many instances. If you have a tub or a shower, careful consideration should be given. Water and Wood do not mix!

Can I stay in my home during the floor sanding process?

Yes, however access to the floors will be restricted because of the need for a certain amount of drying time each day.

What about Prefinished (also called factory finished) versus unfinished (also called job-site finished) hardwood floor?

Unfinished product. A Prefinished floor can be installed in a day. An Unfinished flooring installation may require up to four days, depending upon the space.

What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of installing Prefinished hardwood flooring versus installing Unfinished hardwood flooring?

There is nothing better than an Unfinished hardwood floor that is sanded and finished on site. To help you understand the difference, you first have to understand the process. Prefinished flooring is manufactured in a facility mostly by conveyor belt method. After the hardwood is kiln dried, tongue and grooved, and beveled on the edges, it is placed on a conveyor belt where the stain (unless “Natural”) is applied and then dried on the top of the boards. From there, it continues down the conveyor belt where thin amounts of a water-based polyurethane finish are jet-sprayed on top of the boards. Each coat of finish is applied in a thin layer so that it will dry quickly before the boards reach the next set of sprayers. This process continues until each board has approximately 7 – 8 coats of sprayed-on type finish.

You should also know that each run that each time a new run is made, the dye lot changes. Sometimes the color will change just slightly, almost unnoticeable; however, sometimes the color is not even close to the color of the previous production. Prefinished flooring comes in a variety of thicknesses (i.e. Solid, laminate, engineered, etc.); however, the manufacturing process is the same.

Unfinished hardwood flooring, after it is sanded and finished, it is flat and smooth (if done properly). Most Unfinished hardwood flooring does not have a beveled edge so dust and dirt getting trapped between the boards is not a problem. If stained, the stain is applied in a wipe on, wipe off excess, technique which allows the hardwood to look more natural (as hardwood was intended to look) and, more importantly, the polyurethane finish is applied With an applicator in thick coats giving the customer a longer-lasting wear protection. Unfinished hardwood floor allows a Custom stained colors.

I am a handy guy, can I do it Myself? Is it easy?

Have you noticed how many websites around the Internet make it sound like hardwood floors is an easy weekend project. In my opinion there is far too much hype With “Do It Yourself” hardwood floors. Why? Online hardwood floors retailers want that sale and home improvement stores assume anything can be a do it yourself project. Some sites will provide you With a guide “how to do it yourself” , even videos, everything to make a sale.

If you’re looking at hardwood floors, consider a professional for the work. However, if you are determined, look at the pictures at your left and right, results from unexperienced hardwood floor installers and think again

Going Green Flooring: Environmentally friendly, Eco-friendly, nature friendly and Green flooring

Going Green…..?

If you love the richness and warmth of Wood floors but are concerned about depleting the environment in the process, try reclaiming a bit of history to get those beautiful floors without ravaging nature. Using salvaged Wood is the ultimate in recycling, and it’s a growing trend that’s not only eco-friendly but stylish, too.

Going Green Flooring

Sure you may be making a good choice buying some bamboo or cork flooring. After all both products are renewable to some extent. Bamboo grows extremely fast and can be replenished quickly by planting more. Depending on who you talk to the consensus for bamboo from seedling to harvesting is 5-7 years. Cork itself comes from the bark of the Mediterranean cork oak tree and is harvested every 10 years or so. It doesn’t harm the trees and does grow back.

Reclaimed Wood was harvested anywhere from 100 to 300 years ago and was used to build railroad trestles, old barns, industrial warehouses and other structures. Wood salvaged from the demolition of these structures can have a new life in your kitchen floor.

This Wood is denser, more stable, adds instant history to your home and is the only source for such by-gone species as heart pine and chestnut. If you have fallen in love With heart-pine flooring, salvaged lumber is the only way you will have such beauty in your kitchen since the old-growth long leaf pine is no longer around in any quantity, same for the beautiful American chestnut.

These are not just pretty floors but also a storytelling element.

The reclaimed Wood was originally harvested from the 1700s through the late 1800s, when the old-growth forests were exhausted. And that’s not a replaceable resource since old growth equals slow growth. It grew slowly due to larger trees above acting as a canopy and limiting sunlight and rainfall. That slowly grown Wood is much denser and stronger than other Wood, such as that from sustainable forests, which grows faster.

Bamboo Flooring: The other alternative

Bamboo is a grass which grows quickly. To obtain the height and quality of bamboo used for flooring, only five to eight years is needed before harvesting. Ease of growth and sustainable harvesting practices make this product a wise choice. Most bamboo for flooring comes from the Hunan province of China. It’s not a food source for pandas, which generally inhabit higher-elevation forests. Despite the long-distance transport of the product to the United States, the durability, hardness, and short regeneration time of bamboo provide justification for using it for flooring.

But, you have probably heard all about the benefits of bamboo floors. They are environmentally-friendly, durable, and beautiful. You are probably not aware of the various disadvantages of bamboo flooring. These floors are extremely easy to dent and scratch. They come only in two colors, this is because bamboo resists attempts to stain it. It is also very common for these floors to fade over time.

Why Hardwood?

Wood has always been a popular choice for flooring. Until recently, the price of Wood floors has often been out of reach of many consumers. But With rising popularity, manufacturers have developed products to meet a variety of budgets. Wood flooring offers many benefits, ranging from increased resale value to allergy prevention.

Why Hardwood

Natural, Stylish, Durable, Beautiful, Warm

You can bet that of all types of flooring, A Hardwood Floor will have the most longevity And will never go out of style. Wood has been a long-time winner With many homeowners due to its lasting nature. Not only does it add a natural warm

And an in iting atmosphere to a room, it’s also quite “forgiving” Hardwood offers many well-known advantages.

  • It’s natural, beautiful, warm, And easy to maintain.
  • It costs about as much as other high quality Floor
    coverings, but it lasts longer.
  • It creates a healthy environment, minimizing the risks
    of dust allergies.
  • Hardwood enhances a home’s interior And adds much
    to its resale value.

There are dozens of species available, all With unique attributes to fit almost any design. There are a host of colors, grain textures, And profiles available. Take the time to compare the many possible Floor coverings. According to industry experts hardwoods are actually less expensive overall than other alternatives. Unlike other Floor covering options, Wood is very forgiving. Repairs, restorations, refinishing usually is possible. Further more Hardwood Floors are easy to clean, more sanitary than carpet, offer an almost infinite array of styles, And outlast all other flooring types.