Manufactured from the wood of any of numerous broad-leaved trees, such as oak, maple, beech, ash, exotics, etc. Hardwood floors offer healthy indoor air quality, low maintenance, a variety of colors, stains, textures, lengths, widths and styles and ageless quality because of the option for refinishing. Hardwoods include: engineered hardwood, solid hardwood, reclaimed wood, exotic hardwood, decking, and custom hardwoods.
A custom hardwood floor may address options such as hand-finishing, board widths and lengths, colors, textures, or grooved in a proprietary way or have a specific design or pattern to make it unique. Additionally, it might feature a motif, a parquet design or have a combination of colors and textures to create a custom look. Storefloors embraces customization.
A floor like surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a structure or an open, unroofed platform or porch extending from a building.
Engineered wood flooring is composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed and is adhered to the core. The increased stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above. This stability makes it a universal product that can be installed over all types of subfloors above, below or on grade. Depending on the thickness of the top layer, engineered wood floors can be sanded and refinished. Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring used globally
Exotic hardwood is a wood that is not naturally occurring in the country where it is desired; not indigenous. It refers to woods that are highly desirable—because they are extremely well suited, in terms of both aesthetics and workability, to structure, finishes, or flooring—but whose availability is limited. A few exotics include Blackwood, Rosewood, Ebony, Marblewood, Snake wood; some may be FSC certified.
Reclaimed lumber is processed wood retrieved from its original application for purposes of subsequent use. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, although some companies use wood from less traditional structures such as boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels.
Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Moisture content is carefully controlled during manufacturing to prevent warping during transport and storage. Many solid woods come with grooves cut into the back of the wood that run the length of each plank in order to reduce cupping. This type floor has a thicker wear surface that can be sanded and finished over and over again.