Choosing the perfect floor for your home or business is simply a matter of having the facts, comparing the types and selecting a wood flooring professional to do the job. Let’s start with the wood itself. There are three categories of wood flooring on the market today. Following is a comparison that will help you choose which style is right for you. Solid, Engineered, and Floating. Manufacturing styles is also of great importance to your overall beauty.
All wood flooring regardless of width or length, that is one piece of wood from top to bottom is considered solid flooring.

Solid flooring gives you a great opportunity for customization. Your choice of species, stains and finishes all contribute to the personalization of a solid floor.

Adding borders, medallions, corner treatments, etc., can further customize a solid wood floor.

In most cases, solid flooring is nailed down to 3/4″ exterior grade plywood, and is excellent in most areas of a home on the ground level or above. Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and great rooms are excellent for solid wood flooring.

Engineered flooring is available in 3″ to 7″ planks on average today. It is a wood flooring product that consists of layers of wood laminated together, with the grains of the the wood running in different directions.

Engineered wood flooring is perfect for areas in the home where solid flooring may not be suitable, such as basements, concrete sub floors, or heavy moisture areas like beach front property. Because the ply grains run in different directions, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood. This means that it will expand and contract less than solid wood during fluctuations in humidity and temperature.

Many species and colors are available on the market. Most engineered wood flooring products are stained at the factory, and several finish options are available.

A floating floor is a floor that does not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor. The term floating floor refers to the installation method, but is often used synonymously with laminate flooring but is applied now to other coverings such as floating tile systems and vinyl flooring in a domestic context.

A domestic floating floor might be constructed over a subfloor or even over an existing floor. It can consist of a glass fiber, felt or cork layer for sound insulation with neoprene pads holding up a laminate floor.

While floating floors add to the appeal of a home, they are not recommended for areas that may get wet, i.e. bathrooms and near exterior doors.

Wood flooring is available in several styles. The style you choose is strictly a matter of personal preference. Below are brief descriptions of the options available.

A) Strip Flooring: Flooring generally is 1-1/2 thru 2-1/2″ in width and 5/16″ thru 3/4″ in thickness. Strip flooring is linear flooring and creates a linear effect in a room, often allowing an illusion of a larger space.

B) Plank Flooring: Plank flooring is also linear, but it is wider in width. Widths range from 3″ thru 7″ normally, but planks can be wider. Plank flooring is often preferred for a more traditional or country look. However choices in stain or color have a lot to do with style genre.

C) Parquet Floors: Parquet flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a geometric design. Parquet offers a variety of design options, when linear is not your preference.

Acrylic impregnated is a process where acrylics are injected into the wood itself, creating a super-hard, extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated flooring is available in solid parquet and laminated strip and plank.

Acrylic impregnated floors are often used in commercial installations, like shopping malls, restaurants, etc., however they are right at home in busy households, as well. Acrylic impregnated floors are very durable, and serve very well in areas of high traffic and heavy activity.

A wide array of colors and styles are available in acrylic impregnated, often lending a very modern touch to a traditional product.