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Types of Hardwood Floors and Styles Available

Hardwood Flooring InstallationIf you are thinking about upgrading or replacing hardwood floors, you may be surprised at how many different types of floors and styles are available. Take your time with this decision, especially since hardwood floors are designed to last for years.

Robar Flooring offers multiple styles and a wide range of hardwood floors to suit every home and budget. With our expert hardwood flooring installation, you can be sure that your floors will look great for decades.

Hardwood Flooring Options

First you will need to understand the different types of wood used to create hardwood floors. These woods include:

  • Oak - Oak is brown in colour and features natural, dark grain lines. It can be found in red or white oak varieties. White oak is more brown in colour, while red oak has a pinkish tinge to the finish. Both offer a more traditional finish.
  • Maple - Maple has a whitish colour that gives your home a clean, modern look.
  • Birch - Birch also has a similar colour to maple that features a whitish base with light brown grains. The finishes are smooth and can brighten up a dark room.
  • Cherry Wood with Oak - Cherry is very rich and strong. It has a lighter, reddish brown colour that deepens with age and is very refined.

Types of Flooring

There is also a variety of hardwood flooring types that you can select in combination with your choice of wood. These types include:

  • Plank Floors - Plank floors consist of hardwood strips that are laid perpendicular to the floor’s joists. This is the most traditional way to install hardwood flooring.
  • Strip Floors - Strip floors are hardwood pieces that are less than three inches. They add character and definition to a room and come in a wide variety of finishes. They are ideal for smaller spaces and give the illusion of a larger space.
  • Parquet - Parquet is a hardwood tile consisting of narrow strips that have been glued together into a pattern. It offers a variety and style that is unique.
  • Engineered Wood - Engineered hardwood combines real hardwood with underlying thin layers of plywood. It is then laminated for an extremely durable finish that is resistant to moisture.

Installing hardwood flooring in Markham, Mississauga or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area requires the assistance of an expert. Robar Flooring not only helps you find the right type and species of wood floors, but we can also install your flooring for maximum beauty and durability.

Considering new hardwood flooring in Toronto? Trust the experts at Robar Flooring to help you find the perfect type and style. Give us a call today at 416.822.6184 now.

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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.