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.