Wood floors are produced today in both solid and engineered (laminated) planks and strips and come in a wide variety of wood species. To determine which type of floor will work best for your home depends upon the location within your home and the type of sub floor.
Solid Wood Floors
Solid wood floors are one solid piece of wood from top to bottom and are generally 3/4" thick. These are the wood floors seen in many old homes in the New Orleans area. Solid wood floors produced from a variety of woods such as oak, ash, 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 recoated and refinished several times.
Engineered (Laminated) Wood Floors
Today’s engineered or laminated wood floors offer all the beauty expected from traditional solid wood floors. In addition to the lower cost of the product itself engineered flooring costs less to install and come prefinished so it is not necessary to add the expense of staining, sealing and finishing the surface. They are easier to install since they do not have to be nailed down but are instead installed using combinations of extremely reliable adhesives and planks that are lock fitted together.
These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. It is available in 3 and 5 ply. Engineered flooring is perfect for those areas of the house where solid wood flooring may not be suitable such as kitchens which before the development laminated engineered wood flooring, were not suitable areas for wood flooring.
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. Engineered wood floors can often be floated directly over the existing floor which eliminates the additional costs of tearing out the old floor.
Exotic Wood Species
Today wood flooring is also offered in a variety of hardwood species that are not found in North America. These floors offer many unique and visually striking appearances that are distinctly different from the North American hardwoods.
Styles of Wood Flooring
Strip Flooring - Linear flooring that is usually 1-1/2”, 2-1/4” or 3-1/4 inches wide. The thinner pieces of flooring create the illusion of larger or longer space.
Plank Flooring - Also linear flooring but each piece is wider usually 3”, 4”, 5” or 6”.
Parquet Flooring - a series of wood floor pieces, often square, that create a geometric design.
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