Hardwood flooring is any flooring made from the timber of a tree. Simple, right?
Actually, choosing hardwood flooring means opening your home up to a world of options, from the type of trees to choose from to the processing style that gets your home the perfect look. Whether you have a clear-cut vision for your home or are just exploring your options, here are the need-to-knows about hardwood flooring.
The short answer is no. There are actually two major types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.
Solid Hardwood Flooring is comprised of planks of solid finished or unfinished wood, each of which is made from a single piece of timber and then pieced together with tongue and groove sides and ends. Solid hardwood flooring can be nailed or stapled in place, but it should not be glued.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring is comprised of multiple layers of plies (very thin sheets of wood) that have been pressed together, each layer laid perpendicular to the next. This crossing of direction creates a single piece that is less sensitive to moisture and offers greater dimensional stability compared to solid hardwood. The top-surface layer is called the veneer.