Types of Hardwood Flooring
For warmth and character, nothing feels better underfoot than a natural wood floor. Timeless and beautiful, hardwood flooring feels at home with any decor.
And now, you have more options than ever for the perfect floor for you.
Check out our selection of bamboo and cork flooring if you are looking for green options.
Beautiful, durable, renewable bamboo, with its quiet coloration and subtle, unusual grain has a natural affinity to many modern design styles and can provide a unifying background for eclectic elements.
The variety of choices in the Teragren flooring line offer many more opportunities to use beautiful bamboo to great effect.
Teragren bamboo flooring is made to last. Using only Optimum 5.5 Moso bamboo harvested at maturity when fiber density peaks, Teragren traditional bamboo averages 25 percent harder than red oak.
Bamboo is a fast-growing grass. Moso regrows in just six years and can be harvested multiple times. By comparison, hardwood trees take 60 to 80 years to mature and are harvested only once.
Natural Cork is enjoying a resurgence in popularity today. From television design shows to shelter magazines, Natural Cork is seemingly everywhere and ostensibly the "hottest new product" on the market.
Natural Cork floors combine the best characteristics of hard surface and soft surface flooring, boasting a warm, comfortable surface for feet while remaining durable and easy to clean.
Do you want hardwood floors in your basement or on top of a concrete slab? Engineered wood floors make this possible! Engineered wood floors are generally manufactured with 2, 3, or 5 thin sheets or plies of wood that are laminated together to form one plank. This cross-ply construction keeps the wood from expanding and contracting.
Engineered floors can be nailed down, stapled down, glued down, or floated over a wide variety of subfloors, including some types of existing flooring.
Ask your All About Flooring specialist if engineered floors are right for you.
Solid wood floors are one solid piece of wood that have tongue and groove sides. Solid wood floors are sensitive to moisture. Because of this, they are not recommended for installation below ground level, or directly over a concrete slab. For these areas of your home, we recommend using an engineered wood floor.
Pre-finished hardwood flooring comes ready for installation in your home. The hardwood boards have already been sanded, stained, and finished at the manufacturing plant. In many cases this can provide a harder, better-protected surface. Several coats of urethane are sprayed on the boards and then they are UV dried for a very durable finish.
Pre-finished floors offer a wider variety of wood species and save hours of labor and cleanup. They also may be screened and recoated to rejuvenate the finish and revitalize the floor’s natural beauty.
If you want a custom stained hardwood floor, or a wood floor to match existing trim, than a job-site finish is your answer.
Job-site finish means you start with a bare (unfinished) hardwood floor and than the floor is sanded, stained, and finished in the home. The other advantage of a job-site finish is, if you are concerned with uneven heights between planks, the sanding process will smooth out the floor. Be warned, though, this can be quite a mess and the process does take several days.
If custom stained hardwood floors are for you, then you can trust the All About Flooring Team to give you a quality flooring job that you will enjoy for years to come.