Wooden Flooring

Wood flooring is any type of permanent floor that has the appearance of wood, whether it is made out of natural or synthetic lumber. Wood is a versatile flooring material that comes in a number of styles, colors, and species. There are two main types of wood flooring, which are solid wood and engineered wood. Solid wood flooring is made from solid planks of lumber. Engineered wood flooring has a lumber veneer over a synthetic, reinforced underlayment made of something other than wood. Here is a little more information about both of these types of flooring.

  • Solid hardwood flooring: Solid wood floors are made up of solid, wide planks of hardwood that are fitted together using the tongue and groove method. This hardwood is the longest-lasting kind of wood flooring but is also the most expensive. It is also vulnerable to warping from humidity, so it should not be used in high-moisture areas of the home or on the ground floor of your¬†floor plan. Sanding down your wood flooring every few years can help extend the life of your solid wood floor.
  • Engineered hardwood flooring: Engineered wood floors involve laying a top layer of wood over a subfloor (sometimes made of multiple layers of wood, others of synthetic materials like concrete). Engineered wood flooring is slightly cheaper than solid wood flooring. It also holds up better against moisture and humidity than solid hardwood, though it is not completely water-resistant. Engineered wood flooring cannot be sanded and refinished regularly in the same way that solid wood flooring can.