Which Type in Which Room (Solid or Engineered):
Solid wood flooring is appropriate for above-grade and on-grade installations, however below-grade installations require engineered wood flooring. If the soil surrounding a structure is 3 inches or higher above the floor of any level, consider that level below grade and the use of engineered flooring is necessary. In addition, the surrounding soil should be sloped away from the structure.
Wood floors come in a variety of styles to meet the demands of today’s busy lifestyles; factory- finished, unfinished, solid, engineered, strip, plank, parquet, and acrylic impregnated. Choosing the style that is best for you is an important decision, and will be based on a variety of issues including your lifestyle, you’re decorating style, and the region in which you live
All wood flooring, regardless of width or length, that is one piece of wood from top to bottom is considered solid flooring. Solid flooring gives you a great opportunity for customization. Your choice of species, stain and finish all contribute to the personalization of a solid floor. The installation on this type of flooring can be nailed or glued-down. This is an excellent choice in most areas of a home on the ground level or above.
This wood flooring product consists of layers of wood pressed together, with the grains running in different directions. It is available in 3, 5 or 9 ply. Engineered flooring is perfect for those areas of the house that are bellow grade. Because the grains run in different directions, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood. Engineered floors will have a thinner wear layer then a solid wood floor, and can be installed by nailing, gluing, or floating. Floating floors will tend to sound hollow and will move up & down as you walk over them.
Acrylic Impregnated Floors:
Acrylic Impregnated floors is a process where acrylics are injected into the wood itself, creating a super-hard, extremely durable floor. This type of flooring is often used in commercial installations, like shopping malls and restaurants, however, they are right at home in a busy household as well.
Styles of Wood Floors:
Strip flooring is linear flooring that is usually less then 3” wide. It creates a linear effect in a room often promoting the illusion of a larger space
Plank flooring is also linear, however, it is wider in width. Common widths of plank flooring are 3”, 4”, 5”, and 6”, but can be much wider.
Parquet flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a geometric design.
Information gathered here comes from the NWFA.