What are the Different Types of Hardwood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring in San Jose is an excellent choice for homeowners; it is easy to clean, highly durable, and environmentally friendly. It’s also beautiful to look at, and provides great aesthetic value for any house. If you know nothing about lumber, woodworking, or specialty wood, you may not be aware of the different kinds of hardwood flooring that are available to you. Here is a brief look at the different types of hardwood flooring.

Solid hardwood flooring. Available either finished or unfinished, solid hardwood floors are extremely durable; in many cases, they can last for decades without any need for replacement. These floors are highly moisture-sensitive, and expand and contract as the weather changes, so it’s best not to install them directly over concrete slabs. Solid wood flooring comes in three primary forms: plank, strip, and parquet. Plank flooring may range from 3 to 8 inches wide, and is available in either ½ or ¾ inch thicknesses. Strip flooring may be thinner, as its thicknesses range from 5/16 of an inch to ¾ of an inch; it comes in three widths of 1-½ inches, 2 inches, and 2-¼ inches. Unlike plank and strip flooring, parquet flooring displays geometrical patterns thanks to the individual slats that comprise the floor.

Engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood floors are one of the most popular flooring choices, due to their versatility and ease of use. They are made of several thin wood sheets, covered by layers of plastic laminate that serve to protect the wood. Engineered wood floors can be nailed down, glued down, or—with the latest models, known as floating floors—snapped into place. They are moisture-resistant, so they will not expand or shrink with changes in moisture content.

For more information about the different types of hardwood flooring, feel free to call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. We are a San Jose lumber, woodworking, and fencing company that has been in business for more than a century. If you would like to learn more about our screen doors, molding, or cabinet hardware, visit our website or stop in and meet with us today.

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