Types & Styles
Wood Types & Styles
Types of Hardwood Floors
All wood flooring, regardless of width or length, that is one piece of wood from top to bottom is considered solid flooring. Solid flooring gives you a great opportunity for customization. Your choice of species, stains and finishes all contribute to the personalization of a solid floor. This is an excellent choice in most areas of a home on the ground level or above.
This wood flooring product consists of layers of wood pressed together, with the grains running in different directions. Engineering flooring is perfect for those areas of the house where solid flooring may not be suitable, such as basements, kitchens, power rooms and utility rooms. Because the grains run in different directions, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood.
Don't be Confused by Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are not wood at all, and are unfortunately perceived by some as the same thing as engineered floors. This could not be further from the truth. Laminate floors are vinyl or plastic formed to look like wood, while providing none of the genuine warmth or natural beauty of the real thing.
Styles of Hardwood Floors
Strip flooring is linear flooring that is usually 2 1/4", 3"or 3 1/4" wide. It crease a linear effect in a room often promoting the illusion of a larger space.
Plank flooring is also linear, however it is wider in width. Common widths of plank hardwood flooring are 4", 5", 6", etc.