At S.J Flooring & Renovations, when we speak of hardwood floors, we think of the classic strip which is ¾” dense plank that is 2 ¼” wide. Strips of wood floor mainly vary in lengths, for instance, 12” to 84”. Normal used wood variations are red and white oak and also maple.
Solid wood floors are described as a solid piece of wood. It has tongue and groove sides and are either prefinished or unfinished. Solid wood floors are delicate to humidity we do not suggest these floors to be installed below ground level, or right over a concrete block. Floors like these should be nail-downed only. Refinishing or recoating any solid wood floors quite a few times, will add to their appeal and have a longer life span. Some solid wood floors are more than 100 years old and are still in great condition by using this practice.
Many solid wood floors do respond to moisture. During the winter months, humidity leaves the wood, this causes wooden floors to contract. So this leaves unappealing openings in the middle of each plank. During the summer months, moisture is greater, so the wood will swell and the openings will fade. Too much humidity can cause the wood planks to cup, or buckle. It is important to know this when fitting a solid strip floor to leave a proper growth zone around the boundary and to adjust the wood before installation.
When talking about incomplete wood we usually think of solid wood floors. Even though there are countless of prefinished 3/4" solid wood floors. Incomplete solid oak floors originate in a number of diverse qualities. These qualities are, better quality, clear, #1 common, and #2 common. The clear type does not have any visual imperfections or bumps though it is very costly. A better quality has small knots and unnoticeable dark graining. Common#1 and common #2 have more knots and has additional dark graining. If you are buying unfinished solid oak, you should make sure you distinguish which quality you are buying