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Understanding Types of Wooden Floors

Posted on November 8th, 2011 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

It may seem to the layperson that one wooden floor is much like another except as far as the species of hardwood goes. In actual fact, however, there are two major types of wood floors: those made of solid wood and those made of laminated wood. Each type has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to floor sanding services and other ways to maintain and refurbish these floors as they age.

Solid Wood Floors

These floors are made of natural wood harvested in planks that are usually less than one inch thick. Most people who speak of “hardwood floors” are referring to this type, which is the most traditional choice and has been used for many hundreds of years. The planks that make up solid wood floors may be very narrow or quite thick, which gives consumers a great many different styles to choose from. In addition, solid wood floors are available in a stunning array of different woods and can easily be stained, though some species of wood take stains better than others. Wooden floor restoration can be done many times on the same solid wood floor because the planks are durable and can be sanded and re-stained over and over.

Laminated Wood Floors

These floors are not made of a solid plank but rather of several laminated layers of hardwood. The planks thus constructed are sometimes shaped into a tongue-and-groove connection system that makes it easier to lay laminated flooring and attain a beautiful result, but they are not designed to be sanded and refinished multiple times the way solid wood floors are.

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