Understanding the Different Types of Wood Floors

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Wood flooring offers a natural beauty, durability, and bacterial resistance that you won’t find in carpet. But wood flooring has changed over the years, so there are now quite a few options available if you want wood flooring in your home or business. In this article we will cover the four main types of wood floors.

Unfinished Wood Flooring

Wood floors need a finish, which is a sealant that protects your floor from daily wear. You can visit your local specialty woods shop and purchase unfinished wood so that your installer can sand and finish it on site. This is usually the best option for those who have a specific color in mind or want to match existing flooring.

Factory-Finished Wood Flooring

You can also buy wood floors that are finished by the manufacturer. This type of floor is sanded and finished before you buy it, which makes installation easier and faster than with unfinished wood flooring. Moreover, these floors are ready to walk on as soon as they are installed.

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is made from a solid piece of wood that is usually 5/16” to 3/4” thick. Solid wood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times over. It can also be installed above or on grade.

Engineered Wood Flooring

This type of wood flooring is made from several layers of authentic wood veneers. The top layer consists of high-quality wood, while each layer underneath features wood grain that runs in different directions. This increases the stability of the floor, which reduces expansions and contractions that occur when humidity and temperature fluctuate.

If you are looking for hardwood flooring or laminate flooring, come to Southern Lumber, where we have been in business since 1904. Visit our website to see the range of specialty wood products we have to offer you, and call us at (408) 297-9663 if you have any questions about hardwood flooring in your home or business. 

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