Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Selecting the best type of hardwood flooring which will look great in your space and fits your skills in installing hardwood flooring is a very important part in planning out how to set up your own new hardwood floor. Here we are going to discuss the different types of hardwood flooring that you will find in your journey in searching for the best type to put up in your home. Take note that the type of hardwood floor is different from the wood variety of the type of wood. The types of hardwood flooring we will be talking about are based on their construction and how they were made. For now, we will talk about the three main types of hardwood flooring that you will encounter and choose from.
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First let’s talk about solid wood flooring. You will find that solid wood flooring has three main variations. Each of these can be bought in a pre-finished or an unfinished version. Those who buy the unfinished version must do some sanding and finishing on site after the solid wood flooring has been installed while pre-finished versions need only be installed on the area. The three variations of solid wood flooring are:
  • Strip flooring – known for how thick and wide the planks are. This flooring type has a set width but the thickness can vary from 5/16” to ¾”. The available widths are only 1 ½”, 2”, and 2 ¼”.
  • Plank flooring – comes in only two thicknesses. The widths of plank flooring can vary between 3 to 8” while you could only find thicknesses of ½” and ¾”.
  • Parquet flooring – this type of flooring has a different look. Parquet floors have certain patterns due to the individual wood slats they are made of.
The second main type of hardwood flooring is engineered wood flooring. Take note however that engineered wood flooring is different from laminate wood flooring as many people seem to get confused with both. This type of wood flooring is made by adhering a number of layers of laminate veneer made of plastic to pieces of real wood. Though the process is quite similar, the difference between this type of wood and laminate wood flooring is that laminate wood flooring does not actually have any real wood in its composition. Now the last type of wood flooring we will be talking about is acrylic-impregnated wood flooring. This type of wood flooring is made with a certain type of sealant along with some color that is infused all through the whole wood’s thickness. So instead of having the usual finishing which is applied on the top layer of the wood, this type of wood gets the finishing all throughout the wood itself. It isn’t common to find this in residential projects as this wood is more common with commercial projects as it is known for its durability and its high resistance against scratches and damage due to moisture.