Types of Wood Floors

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 should use. 

Unfinished and Factory Finished Wood Flooring

All wood flooring requires a finish. This is a protective coat that seals your floor against every day wear, stains and spills.

You can buy unfinished wood flooring, and your installer/finisher will sand the wood and apply the finish on the job site. This option gives you ultimate flexibility in color and type of finish – so, if you are looking for a specific color or need to match existing flooring, this option may suit your needs best. Unfinished flooring is also square edged – meaning the planks fit snugly up against one another providing a flat, flush surface that reflects light evenly and typically keeps spills on the surface through static tension.

Also available for purchase is factory-finished wood flooring, where the finish was applied at the manufacturer. This type of flooring has become as widely available as unfinished wood flooring. These floors require less time to install because the sanding and finishing process has already taken place. The floors are ready to walk on immediately following the installation.

During the factory-finishing process, however, the individual planks acquire beveled edges, which while small, can attract dirt and dust and will allow spills to roll off the edges and potentially degrade the flooring below the surface. The type of finish chosen may also limit the option of re-sanding and re-finishing in the future, if needed.

Talk to us about what options best suit your lifestyle and needs.

Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring 

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, is typically ¾” thick. Solid wood flooring has many benefits: not the least of which is adding considerable value to your home – and, can be installed above or on grade.

Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using multiple layers of different wood veneers. 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, wear layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood and looks the same as solid wood flooring of the same species. With our 4mm wear layer, this type of flooring can be re-sanded and re-finished as necessary, nearly like solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade. 

Talk to us about what options best suit your lifestyle and needs.