Types of Hardwood Floors

In addition to the different types of wood, there are various types of floors.

Solid strip oak floors. Solid strip oak floors are the most common type of hardwood floors and are constructed using ¾” by 2¼” boards. A correctly installed solid strip oak floor should last for the life of the home.

Engineered wood floors. Because engineered floors do not require subfloors, they can be glued directly to concrete. Engineered floors are generally a lower-cost alternative to solid wood floors. However, due to their thin wear layer, engineered floors cannot be refinished as many times as solid strip oak floors.

Prefinished floors. The individual boards of a prefinished floor are sanded and finished at the factory. The installation is similar to traditional hardwood flooring.

Plank floors. Plank floors are similar to solid strip oak floors, but the boards are wider.