We know that sometimes it can seem daunting when choosing a floor for your home. A lot of times the problem is lack of education. To try and clear up some of the confusion we will go over a few of your options when selecting a floor. This is not a complete list but is rather a short list of the most popular hardwood flooring options out there today. Being a purist, we much prefer the look, durability and quality of standard solid wood but we are also realist and we realize that is not always the right fit for every home. If you have any questions about what type of floor to choose please reach out to us at our homepage or call us directly here.
Solid wood flooring is pretty self explanatory. This will be a solid piece of wood that has been cut from a log and is usually created with the help of a wood mill. Most common thickness is 3/4" but there are other thicknesses available depending on the manufacture.
This type of floor is made by gluing together several layers of laminate or wood and then a thinner layer of real hardwood will be laminated to the topside. One nice thing about an engineered floor is that it is available in much thinner heights than traditional hardwood flooring and it also will not expand and contract as much as its counterpart. We install this type of floor in basements a lot of the time because it can usually be installed with glue. That comes in handy when you would like wood flooring but the sub straight can not be nailed into.( i.e. concrete slabs) Some engineered floors are even installed as a floating floor. It is kept in place with interlocking channels on the sides and ends of the boards and adding some quarter round also helps keep the floor in place after being installed.
Plank and Strip Flooring
When someone speaks about strip flooring they are usually referring to anything less than 3 inches wide and a plank would be considered as anything wider than 3 inches. Believe it or not, I have seen plank flooring as wide as 10 inches!
Laminate Wood Flooring
The the word "wood" is used next to the word "laminate" they are using the term loosely since this type of floor is not actually wood at all. They are created to give the appearance of natural hardwood but no wood is actually used. This can be good for certain applications but in my opinion it just does not have the same appeal that the real deal will have. You also lose the ability to refinish your floor when you choose anything other than solid wood floors. In the early days, these floors looked pretty bad and were not very durable but over time the quality has seemed to improve significantly and some products even claim to be waterproof which is a huge selling point.