Understanding the Difference

When making a decision on which type of wood flooring is best for your application, take into consideration location, traffic, sunlight, and any other wear and tear it will receive.

Solid Hardwood one piece that is milled from the lumber

  • Strip – 3/4″ thick x 2-1/4″ wide
  • Plank – 3″ to 6+” wide
  • Prefinished – 5/16″ – 3/4″ thick
  • Various species
    • Most Common species
      • Red Oak
      • White Oak
      • Maple

Advantages of solid wood flooring is that it adds structural strength, and can be resanded multiple times providing generations of warmth and beauty to any home. Not all brands are of the same grade, contact us today to discuss what best suites your needs.

Solid wood flooring is sensitive to moisture and therefore, will expand and contract potentially causing gaps. Solid wood flooring is best installed above ground level (grade) and not directly over concrete slabs. Solid wood flooring is for “nail-down” installations only, with a few exceptions. Keeping a relative humidity of 40-55% will minimize the natural movement of any wood.


Engineered Hardwood – “real” wood consists of 3-10 layers of woodEngineered Wood Flooring

  • Floating
    • Click Loc – installed at any grade and over pre-existing flooring (must be well secured and flat).
  • 3″-7″ wide
  • 3/8″ – 3/4″ thick
  • Domestic and exotic species

Engineered wood flooring has a higher resistance to moisture, therefore, is better suited for installations in basements, concrete slabs, above, on or below grade, and regions with a higher relative humidity. Engineered wood flooring can be glued (concrete) or stapled down (sub floor). Engineered wood flooring has the same added resale value as solid wood flooring.

The average engineered wood flooring has a thinner wear layer (.6mm) and therefore cannot be resanded once worn, only re-coated, with an average life span of 20-30 years. However, there are brands/styles available with a thicker wear layer that can be resanded and refinished with an average life span of 40-80 years.


 Laminate Flooringmulti-layer synthetic flooring product fused together w/photographic wood applique

  • aka “Floating Wood Tile”Laminate
  • Plank – 7″ – 8″ wide
    • Tongue and Groove
    • Click Lock

Laminate wood flooring is easy to maintain, install, and costs less. Laminate wood flooring generally “floats” over sub-floor on a foam or film underlayment, providing moisture and sound reduction and allows for expansion and contraction with temperature and humidity changes. Some brands have water resistant coatings. Check if a “water” or “moisture” warranty is offered.

Laminate wood flooring is mostly comprised of melamine resin (plastic) and is usually recommended for light domestic use. When installed in a heavy domestic use area, the life span is reduced. Most laminate wood flooring has a life span of 10 to 25 years; however, some offer a “lifetime” warranty.


Stain Colors

Wood Flooring, Inc. proudly uses:

Duraseal logo

DuraSeal® For over 100 years, DuraSeal® has been the industry leader in providing stains, sealers, finishes, fillers, and maintenance products for the hardwood flooring professional.

Minwax logo

Minwax® – 1904 was a year of astonishing progress. One company in particular was founded in Brooklyn, New York, by Arthur B. Harrison. It would later come to be known as the Minwax Company.

We will discuss and review with you the colors that best complement the species or type of wood you envision in your home. All colors will be spot tested and floors stained upon final approval of color.

Protect Your Investment
– Applies to all wood flooring products –

  • Debris – Causes scratches to the surface over time, use a high quality broom or vacuum without a beater bar.
  • Water/Moisture – Wipe up quickly when possible, can cause swelling, warping and/or cupping.
  • Felt Pads – Apply to feet of furniture to reduce scratching caused from movement
  • Cleaners -Use only recommended cleaners – just ask us, we will advise what’s best for your wood flooring type. (Never use oil and citrus or cleaners with acrylics or urethane polish)
  • Sunlight – Reduce exposure where possible with window treatments, area rugs, etc.. Consider occasional rearranging of furniture and rugs this will reduce uneven aging.
  • Shoes – High heels or stiletto heels cause dents and scratches to a beautiful wood floor. (not covered by warranty)
  • Pets – Keep pets nails trimmed, or check with your pet parlor for plastic nail covers.
  • Sharp Objects – Be mindful of sharp objects, can cause gauges and/or cause severe damage.
  • Appliances – Protect that investment.  Put something under the appliance prior to moving, such as cardboard or a rug.


LOVE and ENJOY beautiful hardwood flooring for many years.