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Hardwood Flooring Construction

Hardwood Flooring Construction
Here you'll find information on the different hardwood constructions, their styles and finishes used to protect them. You'll learn what all this means to you and how it will affect your overall decision on which hardwood floor you choose.

Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is just as it sounds. A solid plank is milled with a tongue on one side and a groove on the other. Solid hardwood floors are typically designed for nail down installations over wooden sub floors and come in a variety of thicknesses and plank widths.

Because wood is so porous, it absorbs and releases water. This causes the wood to expand and contract as it takes in and releases the moisture. If you've ever seen gaps between planks or a buckling wood floor, moisture is likely the culprit. This is also why it's not advised to install solid wood floors over concrete, as moisture from the slab evaporates into the underside of the wood.

If you live in a coastal or particularly humid area with wide fluctuations in temperature, you might want to consider an alternative to a solid wood floor.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is made using plies of a more common wood (like birch) and a premium wood wear layer on the surface. The cross-ply construction keeps the floor from expanding and contraction as much as a solid wood floor will. Intense pressure and adhesives hold the wood plies together and when made correctly, an engineered wood floor can be very stable and perfect for installations over concrete slabs. For those installing a wood floor throughout the house in areas with different sub floor types, engineered hardwood can be the perfect choice.

Some engineered wood floors can be floated and many even have a click locking mechanism. Some are better than others and easier to work with, a key factor for us when we’re choosing which floors to sell. If a floor is difficult to connect or install, we won’t go anywhere near it.

This technology allows for a simple wood flooring installation that can be performed by any do-it-yourself floor installer and can usually either be glued or used in a floating floor installation.

Click Engineered HDF Hardwood Flooring

A recent innovation, click engineered HDF core flooring combines the best characteristics of laminate flooring and real hardwood. On the surface is a thick wear layer of wood, but the core is made of recycled HDF. This dense core provides a stable foundation for the wood surface and a floor that can be floated over almost any type of sub floor, and in many cases over an existing floor (like vinyl). These floors are click wood floors and are designed for floating floor installations. These types of floors can be installed over wood or concrete, and when upgraded underlayment is added, you get a quieter floor and an excellent insulator.