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Hardwood Flooring Types

Toronto Hardwood FlooringWhile it always adds beauty and warmth to your decor, if you do not know about all the different hardwood flooring types, you might not choose the best one for your home.

There are many different characteristics that, individually or in combination, make up all the different types of hardwood flooring:

  • Wood Species - Many people think of hardwood flooring as being mostly oak, but there’s actually a wide variety of wood species available in hardwood flooring, including Ash, Beech, Birch, Cherry, Hickory, Mahogany, Maple, and Walnut.
  • Solid Wood - The true hardwood floor where all of the planks that make up the floor are made of solid pieces of wood. Solid wood floors can be bought unfinished for finishing on-site or pre-finished from the factory.
  • Engineered Hardwood - Made of layers of wood, with the top layer being a hardwood veneer, engineered hardwood floors offer the look and feel of solid wood at a fraction of the cost.
  • Floating Hardwood Floors - A variety of engineered hardwood flooring that does not require glue or staples for installation
  • Wide-Plank Hardwood Flooring - Available in a vaiety of species, solid wood, engineered and floating wood styles, wide-plank hardwood flooring refers to the width of the wood plank.
  • Parquet - Parquet floors are made of smaller pieces of hardwood, not long planks, arranged into geometric shapes.
  • Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring - Many people enjoy the beauty of aged wood and want to do the environmentally friendly thing by installing a reclaimed hardwood floor, which would have been salvaged from old homes and buildings.

Examples of hardwood flooring types:

Cherry Maple Walnut Oak Mahogany
Cherry Maple Walnut Oak Mahogany
         

With such a wide range of hardwood flooring types available, you have to consider many factors before choosing the right one for you:

  • Appearances - How your wood floor looks in your home or office is a major deciding factor
  • Maintenance - Some floors are more durable than others
  • Cost - The range of costs is matched only by the different types of hardwood floors you can choose from

Consult An Expert In The Different Types Of Hardwood Flooring

Whether you want to start enjoying the warmth and beauty of new hardwood flooring in your home or office, or you need help refinishing or recoating your floor, Robar can help you choose the right type of flooring and finish.

Get expert advice about different hardwood flooring types today by calling Robar Flooring at 416-822-6184 or contact us.

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring installation. Few of the most common types include:

  • plank
  • strip
  • parquet
  • engineered
  • laminated floors

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.