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Types of wood flooring
There are three main types of hardwood flooring on the market:
Unfinished solid hardwood: Unfinished hardwood is solid in the form of nonvarnished rough strips. These low-cost strips have to be nailed to the wood subfloor. A wide variety of species, grades, and widths are available. This flooring is generally easy to install, but finishing the surface is more complicated and has to be done on site. Because of sanding dust and fumes from the polyurethane, residents have to find someplace else to stay while their floors are being finished, which can take three to five days.
Prefinished solid hardwood: Prefinished solid hardwood is solid as ready-to-install wood strips that are already sanded, stained, and finished with multiple coats of polyurethane with an aluminum oxide protective finish. The finish is factory-applied in an ideal, controlled environment. A full array of wood species are available in a range of grades, colors, sizes and shine. Prefinished is quick to install and residents don’t have to leave their home during installation.
Prefinished engineered hardwood: Prefinished engineered hardwood flooring is solid as strips made up of hardwood surface (called the wear layer) glued on a plywood base. Developed for installation in areas with high humidity levels, engineered flooring is more stable than solid hardwood. The strips can be glued directly onto concrete, an acoustic underlay, or even a subfloor with a heating system. They can also be stapled or nailed to a plywood floor. This is the perfect floor covering for condominiums, basements, and commercial uses.