Styles, Types, Finishes: Finding the Hardwood Floor That’s Right For You

  • By gventimiglia
  • 15 Oct, 2013
You’ve seen bland laminate, dull carpet, and boring tile, but you want something more. You want the warmth and character that comes with the feel of wood beneath your feet — but you’re not sure where to start. Types, stains, and styles all make choosing your flooring a difficult decision. Here’s a basic primer. Different […] The post Styles, Types, Finishes: Finding the Hardwood Floor That’s Right For You appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.

Different Types of Hardwood Floors

There are three different types of wood floors you’re likely to come across: solid wood floors, wood laminate, and engineered wood.
Solid wood floors are your more traditional hardwood floors, and are likely the first thing you think of when you think about hardwood flooring. You can find solid wood floors in three different styles: strip, plank, and parquet. Each will be discussed below.
Engineered wood is a type of flooring that combines multiple layers of wood. The different variety of grades and styles are stacked, then combined using glue, heat, and pressure. Engineered wood has the benefit of being resistant to humidity.
Finally, wood laminate features a layer of veneer on top of a plywood base. The coating is lightly sanded and coated with several times with a finish to protect the wood.

Hardwood Flooring Styles

As mentioned above, solid wood floors come in three distinct styles.
Strip flooring is installed by nailing the wood to the subfloor. This is the typical choice for hardwood installation.
Plank floor features boards that are wider than strip flooring, and the boards are usually nailed to the subfloor with subfloor adhesive used for planks over 5

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