Learn About Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood Flooring Type

There are two main types of hardwood flooring: Solid hardwood flooring and Engineered hardwood flooring.

There are two main types of hardwood flooring: Solid hardwood flooring and Engineered hardwood flooring.

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HARDWOOD FLOORING STYLESLessLess

HARDWOOD FLOORING STYLESLess

Top 10 Wood Types:

Cherry

Walnut

Oak

Maple



Hickory

Ash

Douglas 

Fir

Teak

Birch

Pine

Mahogany

Top 10 Wood Types:

Cherry

Walnut

Oak

Maple

Hickory

Ash

Douglas 

Fir

Teak

Birch

Pine

Mahogany

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Hardwood Flooring StylesLess

Hardwood Flooring Styles

Pre-Finished; Finish applied and dried, Installation only.





Unfinished; Delivered and installed raw.

Flooring techs to sand, and finish.





Benefits of unfinished hardwood flooring over pre-finished hardwood flooring is all about the looks.

 


Simply put, it looks more beautiful and unique. Your options are nearly limitless for how the design can turn out.






Pre-finished hardwood flooring, on the other hand, is much easier to install. It also comes with a much longer warranty since the finish tends to be stronger and more resilient.






The warranty for pre-finished hardwood flooring is usually around 5 and 35 years while the warranty for site-finished hardwood flooring is usually just 3 to 5 years.

Pre-Finished; Finish applied and dried, Installation only. ​


Unfinished; Delivered and installed raw. Flooring techs to sand, and finish. ​


Benefits of unfinished hardwood flooring over pre-finished hardwood flooring is all about the looks.  


Simply put, it looks more beautiful and unique. Your options are nearly limitless for how the design can turn out. ​


Pre-finished hardwood flooring, on the other hand, is much easier to install. It also comes with a much longer warranty since the finish tends to be stronger and more resilient. ​


The warranty for pre-finished hardwood flooring is usually around 5 and 35 years while the warranty for site-finished hardwood flooring is usually just 3 to 5 years.

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DimensionsLess

Dimensions

Two types: Strips and Planks.

 


Strips, the thinner of the two, usually measure less than 3 inches wide. Planks are any boards wider than 3 inches.




Hardwood flooring board width has a big effect on the overall atmosphere of a room. Wide boards are best suited for large, open rooms, but can be overwhelming in small rooms.




Thickness is another element to consider when it comes to hardwood flooring. Most planks and boards are either ¾-inch or 5/16-inch.

Two types: Strips and Planks.  


Strips, the thinner of the two, usually measure less than 3 inches wide. Planks are any boards wider than 3 inches. ​


Hardwood flooring board width has a big effect on the overall atmosphere of a room. Wide boards are best suited for large, open rooms, but can be overwhelming in small rooms. ​


Thickness is another element to consider when it comes to hardwood flooring. Most planks and boards are either ¾-inch or 5/16-inch.

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GradesLess

Grades

Clear



Select & Better



#1 Common



#2 Common




Clear, and Select Better grades are for a clean appearance with minimal knots.

 




Hardwood of this grade also tends to have few color variations and relatively straight grain patterns.






#1 & #2 Common grades are also known as Milkwood and cabin grades. They have a much less clean appearance. The knots and streaks are allowed to stand out.

 


Most also have color variations throughout the same strips and planks.

Clear

Select & Better

#1 Common

#2 Common ​


Clear, and Select Better grades are for a clean appearance with minimal knots.  


Hardwood of this grade also tends to have few color variations and relatively straight grain patterns.


​ #1 & #2 Common grades are also known as Milkwood and cabin grades. They have a much less clean appearance. The knots and streaks are allowed to stand out.  


Most also have color variations throughout the same strips and planks.

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