When working with or purchasing hardwood floors, it's important to understand a few basic concepts.
GRADE Real wood flooring is graded according to its level of quality and performance. They are as follows [in ascending quality] . . . - Select - Select + Better - Character - Rustic - Colonial
PRE-FINISHED . . . referring to wood flooring that already has a finish which was applied at the factory.
UNFINISHED . . . refers to wood flooring that has no finish and will require the customer to apply a finish after installation.
TONGUE + GROOVE . . . a term used to describe the composition of each board. Individual boards will have one side with a tongue shaped section and the other with a groove. This allows for easy installation as one board will slot right into the next.
FLOATING FLOOR . . . a term which describes the laying of a floor when it is not directly attached to the sub-floor of a room. Instead, an underlay is placed between the sub-floor and new floor. The planks are then glued together and placed above the underlay.
SEMI-SOLID . . . refers to wood flooring that consists of a solid hardwood layer bonded onto layers of veneer.
MOISTURE CONTENT . . . refers to the level of moisture contained in wood flooring. The correct content is between 8-10%.
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