Types of Wood Floors
Our pre-finished engineered flooring consists of multi-layered construction that minimizes movement as the wood expands and contacts with changes in humidity and temperature. Engineered wood floors are perfect for areas in a home or condominium where solid wood flooring is not suitable, such as over a concrete slab or below grade. These floors can either be glued directly to the subfloor or floated on top of a foam pad. Our engineered flooring is covered by a lifetime limited residential warranty, including a 25 year finish warranty, radiant heat guarantee, and resurfacing guarantee.
Styles of Wood Floors
Strip flooring is linear flooring that is usually 2 1/4" and 1 ½". It creates a linear effect in a room often promoting the illusion of a larger space.
Plank flooring is also linear, however, it is wider in width. Common widths of plank flooring are 3", 4", 5" and 6".
Parquet flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a geometric design.
Types and Styles
Wood floors come in a number of colors to fit any decor. You can achieve unique, one-of-a-kind looks with custom stains and finishes. The possibilities are endless.
The appearance of the wood determines its "grade." All grades are equally strong and serviceable, but each affords you a different look. Not all species are available in all grades.
Clear: Clear wood is free of defects, though it may have minor imperfections. Color tends to be fairly uniform.
Select: Select wood is almost clear, but contains some natural imperfections such as pin sized knots and slight color variation.
Common: Common wood (No. 1 & No. 2) has more natural characteristics such as knots and color variations than either clear or select grades, and often is chosen because of these natural features and the character they bring to a room. No. 1 Common has light and dark colors, knots, worm holes and mineral streaks. No. 2 Common is rustic in appearance allowing all wood characteristics of the species.
Charactermark: Charactermark flooring has medium to large sound knots, figuring and some color variations. This flooring is often chosen for the old world elegance it adds to a room. Charactermark flooring is generally available in plank widths.
First: First grade wood has the best appearance, natural color variations and limited character marks.
Second: Second grade wood has strong color variations along with varying sound wood characteristics of the species.
Third: Third grade wood is rustic in appearance allowing all wood characteristics of the species.
The angle in which the board is cut determines how the finished product looks. Wood flooring is either plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn.
Plainsawn: Plainsawn is the most common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because grain patterns resulting from growth rings are more visible.
Quartersawn: Quartersawing produces less board feet per log than plainsawing and is therefore more expensive. Quartersawn wood is more dimensionally stable and wears more evenly.
Riftsawn: Riftsawn is similar to quartersawn, but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.