Hardwood flooring comes in two main types: solid hardwood or engineered wood. The type you decide to have installed will depend on your budget, the purpose of your space and your climate conditions, among other reasons.

Solid or Engineered Wood Flooring

  • Red Oak: This is the most popular solid wood flooring option. It’s reddish with a coarse grain, stiff and dense to resist wear and tear.

  • White Oak: White oak resists wear better than red oak since and has a brown color with a grayish overtone.

  • Birch: This one can be anywhere from light yellow to dark brown/red. It’s softer but still durable.

  • Beech: Beech is reddish brown, durable and handles shock well.

  • Pine: Pine is yellow/brown and has the same durability as red oak.

  • Cherry: Cherry is light brown and is usually used as a decorative wood because it isn’t very durable.

  • Douglas Fir: Douglas fir is a yellowish tan and can dent very easily.

Type of Wood Floor

Quality of wood flooring is not the same as the grade of the wood flooring. Grading refers to how the floor looks, whereas the quality of the floor is more about the layers and thickness of the wood. The more layers the wood has, the better off you are in the long-term with the floor. Here are some quality classes for engineered flooring:

  • Good: 3-ply construction and 5 coats of finish with a 10- to 15-year warranty -- could be at least ¼ inch thick.

  • Better: 5-ply construction with 7 finish coats and 15 to 25-year warranty, same thickness as good.

  • Best: 7 - 9 plys and 25 year warranty at the minimum with a thickness of ⅝ to ¾ inches.



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