Solid Wood Flooring
Made of solid lumber. Available in both unfinished and pre-finished. Solid wood flooring comes in several forms including:
Strip and Plank: solid boards with thicknesses of 1/2″ to 3/4″ and widths of 1-1/2″, 2-1/4″, or 31/4” and custom widths of 3” to 8” and greater.
Parquet: patterns made from individual wood pieces
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered Wood Flooring is made by bonding thin layers of lumber with an attractive veneer finish. It also is available unfinished and pre-finished. Engineered wood flooring comes in the following forms and sizes:
Strip and Plank: engineered boards with thicknesses of 5/16″ to 3/4” and widths of 2” to 8” wide.
Parquet: engineered wood tile patterns available in sizes of standard 9″ by 9″ and custom sizes.
Solid Wood Flooring or Engineered Wood Flooring:
Most solid wood strip or plank can only be installed with nails over a wood subfloor. Solid wood parquet and short length strip or plank can be installed with an adhesive on a variety of non-wood subfloors. Solid wood flooring is very susceptible to moisture and cannot be used below grade, in areas such as basements, or in high humidity environments.
Engineered flooring can be installed with adhesive on a variety of subfloors. Some engineered strip and plank can be installed with nails over wood subfloors. Some engineered flooring can be installed as a “floating” floor without fastening to the subfloor, by using a bonded tongue and groove technique (used to install over an existing vinyl floor). Engineered flooring is much less susceptible to the effects of moisture, and can be used below grade or in humid climates.