What are the Different Types of Hardwood Flooring?

Familiarity with the types of hardwood flooring is very useful especially when you are planning to buy one for your floor. Most people talk about hardwood flooring as a long piece of solid wood, which has 2 "width and " height. Although these planks look all the same, they are different from one another in terms of quality, method of fabrication, and physical appearance. So, how would you know which type best suits your needs?

  1. 1. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

    This type of hardwood flooring is also known as multi-layered hardwood floor. It is fabricated with several layers. The top layer is called the wear layer. In between the wear layer are several layers of birch wood, which are perpendicularly glued so that the hardwood will have stable dimension. When it is exposed to high level of moisture or high level of heat, the layers will counter act each other. Thus, it will prevent the entire hardwood to shrink or expand.

    Engineered hardwood flooring is considered as the most versatile type of hardwood floor because it can be used in any type of floor installation. It can be installed using nail, wood adhesive, or stapler wires. It is also the most popular and most widely used type of hardwood flooring.

  2. 2. Solid Hardwood Flooring

    The solid hardwood flooring is the most common type of hardwood floor. It is also known as single-layer hardwood flooring because it is basically made up of a single piece of wood, which either unfinished or pre-finished. Pre-finished solid hardwood floor is higher in quality than unfinished, but it is more expensive.

    There three types of solid hardwood flooring the strip flooring, the plank flooring, and the parquet flooring. The strip flooring has fixed width, but varies in thickness while the plank flooring has set thickness, but varies in width. On the other hand, the parquet flooring is cut in different geometrical patterns.

    Solid hardwood flooring is not advisable for subfloors, which have a high level of heat or moisture. If it is exposed to changing weather condition, the wood plank will either expand or shrink. It can be fastened only in a wooden subfloor by using nails or wood adhesive.

  3. 3. Acrylic-coated Hardwood Flooring

    The acrylic-coated hardwood flooring is often mistaken as laminated flooring. This is due to their very similar appearance, but laminated flooring is not made up of wood. It only imitates wood pattern, which gives it a very identical look as hardwood flooring. It is also similar with engineered hardwood flooring, but the acrylic-coated floor contains sealant in all its layers. The sealant, which is used in coating finished floors, is embedded in each layer of the acrylic-coated hardwood flooring. It is more durable and has higher resistant to scratches and temperature damages than engineered hardwood flooring. This type of hardwood is commonly used in industrial site and other commercial buildings.

  4. 4. Long Strip Hardwood Flooring

    The long strip hardwood flooring is fabricated using softer wood materials in its core while several layers of thin, hard wood sheets are compiled to create an intact wood plank. It is very similar with engineered hardwood flooring, but it has softer wood materials in its sub layers. This type of flooring is for floating type of installation, but it can also be installed using nails and wood adhesive. Like engineered hardwood floors, it is also versatile to fasten to different types of subfloors such as wood and concrete.
Each type of hardwood floor has specific uses and installation compatibility. Thus, it is very important that you know which among these types of hardwood flooring is the most appropriate for your need.
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