There are two different types of Hardwood Floors, Solid and Engineered. Today we are going to discuss Solid Hardwood Floors.
Solid Hardwood is exactly what it says…100% solid wood. There are three different types of Solid Hardwood and all three can either come unfinished or pre-finished. Below are the three types of hardwood:
- Strip Hardwood Flooring
Although strip hardwood is always going to be the same width (1 ½ inches, 2 inches and 2 ¼ inches), the thickness of the wood can vary. It starts at 5/16 of an inch.
- Plank Flooring
There are two thicknesses for plank flooring (1/2 inch or 3/4 inch), but the widths vary from 3 inches to 8 inches.
- Parquet Floors
Parquet floors do not look like your typical hardwood flooring. They are patterns in individual wood slats.
Solid hardwood is more susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes. Please be aware that in the winter months, moisture may cause gaps between the planks…once the summer months come around, and the humidity is higher, the planks then expand back to fill in those gaps. We recommend that you keep your homes relative humidity between 40-55%. Because it is sensitive to moisture, we do not recommend that you install solid hardwood below ground level.
Solid hardwood should not be installed directly over concrete and should be nailed or stapled to the subfloor. We suggest that you have the wood acclimated prior to installation.
The most popular types of Solid hardwood species are Red Oak, White Oak and Maple, but these are just the most popular…there are several different species of solid hardwood.
Do you want Prefinished or Unfinished hardwood flooring?
Prefinished hardwood is quicker to install because it does not have to be sanded or refinished. It does not need to dry, so your house can get back to normal as soon as it is installed.
Unfinished hardwood takes a little longer to install and has to dry.