Have you decided that a durable, lovely hardwood floor would add charm and beauty to your living or working space? Do you want to get started creating such a floor, but don't know much about wood?
There are several kinds of wood flooring from which to choose when creating a hardwood floor. Some types are better suited to certain sites; others are more of an aesthetic choice.
You can choose from more than 50 wood species -- everything from North American Maple and Cherry to exotic woods like Brazilian Teak or Bubinga from the heart of Africa's Congo region.
Most wood flooring is available unfinished or pre-finished, where the stains and coatings are applied at the factory before the wood boards are shipped to the job site or to the retailer.
Solid Wood Flooring
The backbone of the hardwood flooring industry, these are the long, narrow boards that most people envision when they think of a hardwood floor.
A type of solid wood flooring, these boards are wider -- up to 12" wide -- and give a rustic look to a country kitchen or casual family room.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Made from multiple layers of wood pressed together, this type of flooring is generally less expensive than solid wood flooring.
First used in France's Palace of Versailles, parquet flooring is made of multiple pieces of wood inlaid to create a pattern. Many parquet floors use a herringbone pattern.
Do you want the look of a hardwood floor with a minimal impact on the environment? You can choose bamboo flooring, made from the world's fastest growing plant or cork flooring, made from the bark of cork oak trees.