Types of Flooring
A solid piece of wood from top to bottom. Solid hardwood comes in a variety of thicknesses, but generally ranges from ¾” to 5/16”. The lifespan of solid wood flooring is longer than other flooring materials because it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade.
All standard wood flooring requires a protective coat to seal in the flooring from everyday use. When we use unfinished wood flooring, we will sand the wood and apply the finish on the job site. There are several finish options available. If you attempting to match flooring that is already in your home, this option may create the most desirable results for your home.
Prefinished wood is flooring that has had a protective coat added to it before it has been sold. Our pre finished floors come in a variety of hardwoods, such as prefinished oak flooring. One of the benefits of getting prefinished hardwood installed is that you can cut down on costs because the vinyl is already applied to the wood.
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood floors are made with real wood and multiple layers of veneer. Engineered wood can be made up of multiple types of woods. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Usually the top layer of engineered wood flooring is made of the highest quality of wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring.
The ability to replicate real hardwoods and stones using advanced photographic technologies is the foundation of luxury vinyl flooring systems. There are four distinct layers fused together to produce the final product: a resilient vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic film layer, and a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer. Luxury vinyl is also scuff, stain, and water resistant.