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Hardwood selection guide

 
Advances in wood flooring during the past few years mean that you now can have wood flooring anywhere in your home or business. Where you want to put it, however, will determine the type of wood flooring you can use.
 
 

Type overview

 
 
 
Solid wood
There are two types of wood floors available on the market oday: Solid and Engineered. Solid Wood Flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from ¾" to 5/16". One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade.
 
 
 
 
Engineered hardwood
Engineered Wood Floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different woodveneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Color range

 
 
 
Dark
 
 
 
 
Medium
 
 
 
 
Light
 
 
 
 
 
 

​Handscraped & Distressed

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Typical board widths

 
 
 
 

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