Construction Types of Hardwood Floors

hardwood flooring When it comes to hardwood floors, knowing which type of construction to buy is very important. There are some conditions that require only a certain type of construction, and other conditions that allow you to pick what you like.

Solid hardwood floors

Solid hardwood floors are exactly what their name implies. They are constructed of planks that have been milled from various types of hardwoods such as oak, walnut, or maple. These are often considered the more traditional types of hardwood floors, but only because they are the original types of wood floors.

Solid hardwood floors cannot be installed below grade, which means below the surface of the ground. They should not be used in areas such as basements, for instance. The reason is there is too much moisture in these areas, and solid floors will buckle if they absorb too much moisture from the underneath the flooring, or from the air.

Engineered hardwood flooring

These types of hardwood floors are very popular and are available in a wide range of wood species. They are constructed in layers, which resist warping, and are surfaced with real hardwood veneers. They can be installed just about anywhere, and they look just like their solid hardwood flooring cousins.

Floating hardwood floors

Some engineered hardwood floors are known as “floating”, which means that they can be installed over any type of sub-floor as they are not nailed or glued down. This allows the entire floor to expand and contract as needed, which eliminates buckling or warping.

At About Floors n' More, we carry all types of hardwood floors and are able to install your new wood flooring to exacting standards. If you are not sure which type of hardwood floor is best for your needs and conditions, come by our showroom in Jacksonville, FL and we will be happy to discuss your flooring needs with you.