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There are two types of wood floors available on the market today, solid and engineered. Each type has its own benefits and advantages and each is available in a variety of species, widths, and styles. Knowing which type to choose will depend on where you want to use it in your home.

Solid Wood Flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid flooring can vary, but generally ranges from 3/4" to 5/16". Solid wood floors can be used in any room that is on or above grad, or on or above ground level, in your home. One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood floors are ideal in family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens and powder rooms. About the only place you can't use solid wood flooring is in the basement, but there's a solution for that area too.

Engineered Wood Floors are real wood floors that are man- ufactured using three to five layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in opposite directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. Engineered floors can be nailed or stapled to a wood sub floor, or glued down to wood subfloor or concrete slab. This makes engineered floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room in your home. This type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, but not as many times as solid wood flooring.

Wood Floor Styles: Hardwood flooring is manufactured in three styles: strip, plank, and parquet. Each style is available in both solid and engineered, and in a variety of species, colors and widths. Choosing the right style simply is a matter of which look you prefer.

Strip flooring ranges from 1 1/2" to 3" wide, and creates a linear effect in a room, often making the room appear larger. Strip flooring generally is considered "traditional" wood flooring.

Plank flooring typically ranges from 3" to 7" wide. While plank flooring is linear, like strip flooring, its wider often create a more casual look.

Parquet flooring can vary in size, and usually generates a geometric, non-linear look. Parquet flooring can be very simple in desigh, or somewhat complex.

Wood Floor Species: Choosing the right species of wood flooring for your home is strictly a matter of style, budget and personal preference. More than 50 domestic and imported species of wood flooring are available to achieve a one-of-a-kind look.

Light colored woods make a room appear more open and airy. These woods lend themselves to a more contemporary look. Typical medium wood species include hickory and oak.

Medium colored woods make a room appear more warm and cozy. These woods lend themselves to a more casual look. Typical medium wood species include hickory and oak.

Dark colored woods make a room appear more stately and refined. These woods lend themselves to a more formal look. Typical dark wood species include mahogany and walnut.

Exotic new to the scene are exotic species, which can run the gamut of colors. Bubinga, which originates in Africa, can appear pink, red, or reddish brown with purple streaks or veins. Australian Cypress ranges from cream colored to honey-gold, with dark brown know holes. Purpleheart, which originates in Mexico, has brown heartwood that age to a deep purple or purplish brown. Burmese Teak from Asia varies from yellowish brown to a dark golden brown. Wenge, which originates in with wood floor species, visit Types, Styles & SPecies under the Why Wood Floors section of the National Wood Flooring Association's Consumer web site at WoodFloors.org.


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