Solid Wood Flooring also known as Real Wood Flooring is the American and Global Standard for all wood flooring. In the US virtually any home built before 1972 has hardwood floors as the surface. And approximately 7 out of 10 homes built afterwards also has hardwood flooring surfaces. Solid wood floors can only be installed on or above grade (not below soil plane of your home) which means not suitable for basements.
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.
Pro’s: Nothing will replace the natural feel warmth of real wood! Long life and will last as long as any home will last, several hundred years or more! Can be sanded and refinished to brand new conditions again. In many cases color stains can be applied for a different look.
Constraint: Like all plants, wood wants to be stable so moisture or accumulation of water under the house or crawl space can cause your hardwood floors to overreact unfavorably and may require professional attention to make right again. Keep in mind that it usually takes a catastrophe to severely damage your hardwood floors beyond repair, just remember that homes older than you still have their original hardwood floors.