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Wood Flooring General Information

When choosing the flooring best suited to your tastes and needs here are a few options for you to consider before you make your choice.

Types of Wood Floor

Unfinished Wood flooring gives you the most options to customize your flooring needs. You select the species, stains and finish to customize the flooring for your space. Most living spaces are suitable for the installation of unfinished flooring.

Pre-finished Wood Flooring comes in a wide variety of wood species. The benefits of choosing pre-finished floors is there is no need to sand thus no dusty mess or requirement to wait on floors to dry.

Engineered Wood Flooring consists of layers of wood pressed together with the top layer being the finished floor product. Many different species, colors and finishes are available. It is perfect for those areas of the house where unfinished wood flooring is not suitable such as basements, bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens.

Laminate can be installed almost anywhere. Floating floors are made of multiple layers of wood constructed into a long plank with tongue and grooves along all four sides that lock into place.

Type of Wood Cuts

The angle at which a board is cut makes a big difference in how the finished product looks. There are three types of woodcuts: Plain sawn, quarter sawn and Rift sawn.

Plain sawn is the most common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because figure patterns resulting from the growth rings are more conspicuous.

Quarter sawn produces less board feet per log than plain sawn and is therefore more expensive. Quarter sawn wood twists and cups less and wears more evenly.

Rift sawn is similar to quarter sawn, but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.

Type of Flooring Style

Strip Flooring often makes a room feel larger as it is linear flooring. The strips are usually 2 1/4" or 1 1/2" wide.

Plank Flooring is wider in width than strip flooring but is also linear like strip flooring. This type of flooring is often utilized for a country or traditional style.

Parquet Flooring creates a geometric design with a series of wood flooring pieces. This flooring is very versatile in decorating since it can be as simple or as elaborate as required.

Antique Wood Flooring consists of trees that had centuries to grow and which were used in old barns and factories built over 100 years ago. The floors can include the following types of antique wood: chestnut, Douglas fir, heart pine, oak, butternut and cypress.

Wood type

The most common wood species used for wood flooring include Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Pine and Brazilian Cherry. There are more than 22 domestic and imported wood species used.

Borders & Medallions

These can beautifully customize your floor and are a wonderful addition to your home. There are many styles to choose from and have become an increasingly popular way to decorate you home with style.

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