|TYPES OF HARDWOOD
Hardwood flooring is most often available as an engineered product or a solid product. Engineered hardwood flooring is available in planks and strips and is manufactured using cross-directional lamination (between three and five layers) with the top layer being premium hardwood. Engineered wood products are dimensionally stable as the cross-directional lamination counteracts wood's natural tendancy to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Engineered wood flooring is the best choice to use with radiant heating systems. Solid hardwood flooring is available in planks, strips or parquet and are manufactured from a solid piece of wood.
TYPES OF HARDWOOD FLOORING FINISHES
Most hardwood flooring products come pre-finished. Factory pre-finished flooring has several coats of UV cured polyurethane which is tough and durable. Pre-finished flooring eliminates the time, dust and odors that come with onsite sanding and finishing of an unfinished wood flooring product. A pre-finished wood floor can usually be installed in a day where an unfinished wood floor can easily require twice as much time.
TYPES OF HARDWOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION
Installation of your hardwood floor depends upon the type of product you choose, where it will be installed and the type of subfloor. There are three basic methods of installation: nail down, glue down and floating. Engineered products, which are stable dimensionally, can be nailed, glued or stapled down. They are ideal for use in almost any room in the house, whether on grade, below grade or above grade. Some engineered products can be floated over most subfloors, including ceramic tile and vinyl subfloors, which eliminates the mess and cost that would be incurred in tearing up the existing floor and installing a subfloor. Solid products should not be used for below grade installations and must either be nailed or glued down.