All About Hardwood
  • There are 2 different types of hardwood: solid and engineered
  • Plank size: width ranges typically from 2" to 5" - the length and thickness varies
  • Main species: Bamboo, Birch, Cherry, Elm, Eucalyptus, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Tigerwood, and Walnut (species vary in hardness - come to our store and we'll show you the hardness rating!)

What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?
Solid wood is manufactured from a single thick piece of real wood. It is the same wood from top to bottom. It can't be installed by floating but the other usual methods are fine. It does expand and contract with the changes to humidity. Because of its thickness and composition it can be sanded and refinished multiple times as needed. Engineered wood has a layer of real wood on top with three to five layers of various species underneath. The layers are manufactured perpendicular on top of each other and this creates a strong durable product that is more resistant to cracking or cupping from humidity. This process actually ends up using less wood. Engineered wood can be installed as a floating floor as well. Long term maintenance of refinishing is limited. Some types allow you to do a full sanding, but most of the time you can only do a buffing and re-coating.

What is the downside to buying prefinished wood?
The supplier may have to put scotchgard or aluminum oxide in the finish to increase the warranty and use of it and you can not duplicate that when sanding and refinishing.

How are hardwood floors installed?
Hardwood floors can be installed by being nailed, stapled, glued or floating. Where you are putting the wood and the humidity of the area can determine which methods of installation you can do and which wood you should purchase.



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Phone: 608.221.4300