While our trained estimator will make suggestions of what will work best in your home or office, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the various types of hardwood available today.
Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of hardwood. It expands and contracts with the changes in your home’s relative humidity. That’s why installers leave an expansion gap between the floor and wall. While this gap is covered with baseboard and shoe molding, it compensates for the movement or the expanding and contracting. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times to restore its beauty. This process eliminates any scratches in the floor and allows you to change the color of the wood. Solid hardwood has to be nailed in place. This requires a wood subfloor, not concrete.
Solid hardwood is available in both an unfinished and a pre-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. This requires a homeowner to select the color of stain or combination of stain for the floor. Please click through to the Flowers Flooring Sand & Finish link on this website for more information on this process and color selections. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory and only needs installation.
Engineered hardwood is made using multiple layers of hardwood that is bonded together for strength and stability. Its construction produces a more stable product This works to minimize expanding and contracting, as it is less prone to changes from temperature and humidity. Engineered hardwood can be nailed during installation or glued so the type of subfloor does not become an issue. Engineered hardwood can also be installed on any level of the home, including the basement.