Hardwood Flooring Products
Solid Wood Flooring
The most popular of the solid hardwoods is the “pre –finished” type. This is where the hardwood floor is fully stained and finished at the manufactures factory. This type of floor only needs to be installed and does not need any other treatment. The other type of hardwood flooring in Cambridge is “unfinished”. This type of hardwood needs to be stained, sanded and finished once it has been installed.
There are 2 main types of solid wood flooring:
Strip flooring - This type of is named strip flooring because of its thickness and width of the strips of wood. The strips are all random lengths and the thicknesses range from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide. It is available only in widths of 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches and 2 1/4 inches. The most popular in this range is the 3/4 of an inch thick x 2 1/4 of an inch wide.
Plank flooring – As the name explains, this style of wood flooring has more of a “Plank” look. Plank flooring comes in two main thicknesses, 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch. But they range of widths from 3 inches to 8 inches.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is not the same as laminate wood flooring. Engineered flooring is produced by adhering layers of hardwood, plywood or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer is glued to the core and that veneer is available in most wood species. The term “engineered” relates to the design of the wood which gives it greater structural integrity especially in high heat or high moisture areas like a basement. Solid hardwood flooring in Canada can cup, swell and warp when it is put under these conditions. The construction of the engineered hardwood combats these conditions by the construction of the multiple ply layers, that counteract the twisting from the heat and moisture and keeps the planks/strips flat. This style of hardwood is better suited for applications over concrete and radiant heating sources. Most engineered hardwood floors can be either glued or nailed and some are available in a “click” system.