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.