Hardwood Floor Types

With a little basic understanding about the different types of wood floors you can be better prepared and more confident in your selection. Wood floors are produced in both solid and engineered planks and strips and come in a wide variety of wood species. To help determine which type of floor will work best for your situation depends upon the location within your home and the type of sub-floor.



These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks.

Most engineered floors can be glued-down, stapled-down or floated over a variety of sub-floors including wood, dry concrete slabs and some types of existing flooring. Engineered hardwood floors have cross-ply construction which reduces the expansion/contraction of planks caused by variations in humidity and allows these floors to be installed anywhere in the home. We offer Engineered Hardwood Floors that come in a wide variety of widths, thicknesses and colors in both North American and Exotic hardwoods.

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Solid wood floors are one solid piece of wood and are generally 3/4″ thick.

Solid Hardwood Floors are produced from the finest American and Canadian hardwoods including red & white oak, ash, American cherry, hickory and maple, and are available in several widths. Because solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to moisture than engineered wood floors they should only be installed above grade over approved wooden sub-floors and must be nailed-down. Solid wood floors can generally be re-coated and refinished several times.  Select Exotic Hardwoods are also available.