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Different Types of Wood Floors

  • Engineered:  Construct consisting of layers of wood pressed together and glued. The grains run in different directions for added stability (unlike solids). This product is available several ply thickness with 3 and 5 ply being the norm. Engineered hardwood flooring can be used in those areas of the house where solid wood flooring installation is not suitable. The most common areas are basements, and areas with moisture concerns like kitchens, powder rooms, and utility rooms. 


  • Solid:  All hardwood flooring that is one piece of wood from top to bottom regardless of width or length, is considered to be solid hardwood flooring. Normal sizes range 3/8" up to 3/4", with thicker products for custom orders. The 3/8" solid in certain species is ideal for installation over radiant heat. Solid hardwood flooring gives you ability to have a custom, one-of-kind hardwood floor in any room of our home or office. You many choose from many species, whether domestic or imported exotics, colors of stains and finish types. Adding accents, borders, medallions or even a painted hardwood floor can make your floor truly a work of art. The product is a good choice for any room in your home from the ground level and up. Solid hardwood floor products normally can be professionally refinished 4-5 times. 


  • Floating:  A floating floor is either an engineered or laminate floor that is not affixed to the subfloor. A thin soft pad which protects against moisture, reduces noise, and adds a cushion under foot is first laid over the subfloor. Then the floor is installed over it. The tongue and groove boards are held together either by glue or by a click and lock system.


  • Acrylic Impregnated:  A process where acrylics is injected into the wood itself, creating a super-hard, extremely durable floor. Often used in commercial installations, like common public areas, shopping malls, and restaurants. They also work well in high traffic areas of the household, such as kitchens and adjoining family rooms. (see maintaining an acrylic impregnated floor)

Styles of Wood Floors

  • Parquet:  Parquet flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a geometric design from 5/16"(glue down) up to 3/4" (nail & glue down)

  • Plank Plank hardwood flooring is  linear, and is wider in width. Common widths  of plank flooring are 3", 4", 5", and 6", and wider products are not uncommon although the wider the more concerns for effects by moisture.

  • Strip:  Strip flooring is also linear flooring that is usually 1 1/2", 2 1/4",  or 3 1/4" wide. Creating a linear effect, strip hardwood floor in a room often gives the illusion of a larger and more open space.

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Main Office: 550 North Main Street
PO Box 126, Granite Falls, NC  28630
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