Hardwood Types

Solid hardwood is 100% solid wood. Most solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed to a subfloor and is susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes. This makes it unsuitable for installation directly over concrete and is not usually recommended for below grade use. It is normally nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor.


Engineered hardwood is also 100% wood. Its cross-ply construction allows installation below or above grade even over concrete. It resists expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Engineered flooring is typically glued-down, stapled-down or floated over an existing floor. It is manufactured by permanently bonding together multiple layers of solid wood in a cross ply construction. Engineered hardwood is usually the only type of hardwood that is recommended for use below grade.


Not all species of hardwood are equally hard. If your floor is in a high traffic area or in a heavily used room then you should consider oak, maple or ash for extra durability. Traditional oak has pronounced variations in grain and shade while the grain in maple is cleaner and more understated.


Width Hardwood flooring is generally described by board width. A strip is less than 3” wide. Planks are 3” or wider. The width of individual boards has a dramatic influence on the look of your floor. Wide widths will complement a large room but could overwhelm a small area. Select the look that you like the best and one that works with your style and the architecture of your home.


Edge Detail The way that the edges and ends of boards are cut is called edge detail. Edge detail options include square, microbeveled, eased and beveled. If you’re going for a dramatic effect you should select a beveled edge. This emphasizes the definition of individual boards. Square edges bring a smooth and seamless appearance.


Today many manufacturers offer extra tough aluminum oxide finishes, which means that the hardwood flooring will hold up to heavy use and traffic. These  finishes allow the wood to maintain its luster for years without having to wax or refinish them. There are also design accents like borders and medallions that will add another design dimension to your room.

Today there are more wood flooring fashions to choose from than ever before. At last count there were over 1,000 species of wood, cork and bamboo floors available to you.


The popularity of a wood floor is because of one thing – its design warmth, cozy and timeless. It never goes out of style. .


Wide plank hardwood flooring adds warmth to any space, and affords the owner with timeless look that appreciates in value over time.  If the beauty of wide plank wood flooring is what you seek. We offer woods with a wide variety of solutions to fit every budget.


Wide plank hardwood flooring is comprised of hardwood floor boards that are five inches or more in width. Wide plank hardwood flooring is gaining in popularity for helping homeowners create a truly unique look for their spaces.  We offer hardwood flooring, including Hickory, Maple, Walnut and more such as Virginia Vintage wood flooring and Urban hardwood floors.


Wide plank hardwood flooring provides a unique look for any room, making it an increasingly popular choice for many home owners.  Among our most popular of wide plank hardwood flooring choices, distressed and reclaimed hardwood flooring is most noted for its uniqueness. Colors range from natural to warm earth colors.