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Understanding Hardwood
With a little basic understanding about the different types of wood floors you can be better prepared and more confident in your selection. Wood floors are produced in both solid and engineered planks and strips and come in a wide variety of wood species. To help determine which type of floor will work best for your situation consider the location within your home and the type of sub floor you have.

Before choosing a floor, determine if the room is above, on or below ground level. Solid wood as well as engineered floors can be installed both above and below grade. These floors however perform better in humidity-controlled environments.

Is your sub floor is concrete or a type of wood substrate? Engineered floors are ideal for concrete slabs. For remodel projects you may want to consider Engineered hardwood floors that can be floated directly over the existing floor which eliminates the mess and additional costs of tearing out the old floor.

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Engineered Wood Floors
These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. Most engineered floors can be glued-down, stapled-down or floated over a variety of sub floors including wood, dry concrete slabs and some types of existing flooring. Engineered hardwood floors have cross-ply construction which reduces the expansion/contraction of planks caused by variations in humidity.

Exotic Wood Species
Today wood flooring is also offered in a variety of hardwood species that are not found in North America. These floors offer many unique and visually striking appearances that are distinctly different from the North American hardwoods.

Prefinished versus Unfinished
Unfinished floors require several days to install, stain and finish the flooring. Prefinished floors are less messy and can be installed and completed the same day. A factory-applied finish cannot be duplicated with a job-site finish.

Bamboo Floors
The choice of a bamboo floor is quickly gaining popularity for both commercial and household use, especially in North America. Stronger and denser than many hardwood floors, a bamboo floor is highly resistant to moisture. It has been discovered as a brilliant alternative to traditional hardwood flooring.

Easy on the Environment
Bamboo is nature’s fastest growing plant and a highly renewable source of material. It is a grass but produces some of the best floors at the least environmental cost. Bamboo is a viable wood alternative, an option for flooring that could be processed on a large scale without damaging the health and habitat of the bamboo plant.

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