Hardwood Floor installation goes beyond just laying a floor down – it is about working with you, our customer, step-by-step, to find the right hardwood design that fits your budget and lifestyle. Elegant Floors is a National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) member and Licensed California Contractor, so you can be confident you are choosing a professional that has access to the most up-to-date industry information, as well as a wealth of hardwood floor experience at our fingertips.
Solid Wood Floors vs. Engineered Wood Floors vs. Laminate Floors
There are Three Main Types of Hardwood Flooring
Categories Available for Homeowners to Choose from
Solid hardwood flooring must be used at or above ground level, so the wood can be nailed to a sub floor. Solid hardwood flooring is available in a full array of wood species either unfinished or prefinished. Unfinished hardwood flooring must be finished and/or stained on site, while prefinished hardwood flooring is sold as ready-to-install wood flooring that comes sanded, stained, or finished. For both unfinished and pre-finished flooring, customers can choose from a wide range of grades, colors and sizes.
Engineered Hardwood Floors is made up of a hardwood surface glued on a plywood base. Engineered hardwood flooring was originally designed for installation in areas with variable humidity levels and heat, such as homes with radiant heating, homes on top of a concrete slab or in basements (although it can also be installed at or above ground like sold hardwood). Engineered flooring tends to be more stable than solid hardwood and is glued directly to the sub floor or concrete slab, or it is “floated” on a concrete slab or sub floor with a moisture barrier and underlay beneath.
Laminate Flooring is a type of flooring that is made up of laminated planks that only look like wood, and finished with a plastic polymer coating. Laminate flooring simulates a real wood species, comes in wide planks, and is an economical solution to real hardwood. It is durable and also easier to install.