When it comes to hard surface flooring, there are several options available. You will ask yourself how do I decide what to use; what is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood ? Engineered hardwood is constructed of layers of both a top layer of veneer hardwood  multiple layers of wood which run in different directions and is called plywood……this plywood gives the floor much more stability. This will prevent the engineered floor from bowing and warping, whereas a solid hardwood will be effected badly by moisture. The veneer is available in various thicknesses.
The most popular species used today are hickory, red or white oak, maple and more.
Flooring is available in a variety of gloss levels eg., matte, semi- gloss and high-gloss.
It is important to know there are different surface finishes. For example, wire-brushed, hand scraped, distressed and smooth. Therefore it is important that you look at the different finishes before making your final decision.

Just a short note: if you are either using your existing stairs or purchasing new stairs make sure the species of hardwood flooring you chose is compatible with the stairs if you intend staining the stairs to match the new flooring…your contractor will advise you accordingly.

The engineered flooring is available in the following thicknesses,   1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” 5/8” , 9/16”, 3/4” and widths in the following sizes 3”, 4”, 5”, 6”, 6 1/2”, 7”, mins 7 1/4” and 7 1/2”.

The solid wood is available in 3/8” and 3/4” thick. And widths of 2 1/4”, 3”, 3 1/2”, 3 1/2”, 4”,4 1/4”, 4 1/2” up to 5”

When using solid hardwood flooring wood it is recommended that you do not use anything wider than 5” solid. You should not use width more than 4 1/4”. Any thing wider will result in cupping and expanding and contracting between the winter and summer months. For this reason more and more home owners are moving towards engineered hardwood flooring…stability!

This Blog was written by:
Earle Perkins
Taymak Carpet & Flooring Inc.
For more information, please contact Home Guru Inc.