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The different types of hard wood floorings

Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Solid Wood Flooring

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Solid wood flooring is precisely what the name indicates: a compacted piece of wood from top to

bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but commonly ranges from ¾” to 5/16”.

One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be refinished and sandpapered many

times. Solid wood flooring can be set up above or on grade. It is usually obtainable in narrow

strips, wide planks, and parquet squares.

Three main types of solid wood flooring are:

•Strip flooring - This type of flooring is indicated by the thickness and width of the wood

planks. Strip flooring has a set width, but the thickness may differ. 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 flooring - Plank flooring only comes in two thicknesses, but not like strip flooring, the

widths can be different. 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.


The different types of hard wood floorings

•Parquet flooring - Parquet floors have a very unlike look from usual hardwoods. They are

made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by mechanical

fastening or an adhesive.

Many homeowners commonly choose the traditional, unfinished hardwood-strip flooring in either

red oak or maple because it's affordable, nice-looking, and they can choose the stain color or by

leaving it natural. However, unfinished wood have need of sanding, staining (if desired) and clear

topcoat finish.

Engineered Wood Flooring

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Engineered-wood flooring was make known to North America in the mid-1980s and rapidly

became the most well-known type of do-it-yourself wood floor. It is combination of three or more

wood layers glued together into long planks that has top layer composed of a thin solid-wood

veneer. This laminated construction generates a floor that's much more dimensionally stable than

solid-wood flooring, so it's less likely to cup, split, shrink, or warp. There are more than two dozen

wood species to choose from, including both softwood and hardwood.

The main reason why DIYers love engineered-wood flooring is that the planks snap together and

"float" over a thin foam-rubber underlayment. There's no nailing or gluing required so the

installation process is swift and neat. Plus, the planks can be laid directly over most existing floors,

as long as the surface is hard, flat, and in good condition.

Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are man-made using multiple layers of different

wood veneers. The sub layers can be made of the same species or of different species. The grain


The different types of hard wood floorings

of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very steady. This means that the wood

will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during variations in humidity and

temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring comprises of high-quality wood.

Detailed information at http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-

to/a7913/which-kind-of-hardwood-flooring-should-you-choose/

Related Links:

http://www.wfca.org/Pages/Hardwood-Flooring-Types.aspx

http://woodfloors.org/types.aspx

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/home-diy/flooring/hardwood-floor2.htm


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