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Wood floors have
come a long way in the past few years. Today, there are more
styles, colors and species of wood flooring available than
ever. No matter what your décor, you’re sure to find a color
and style to fit your home at Levensteins.
Types of Wood:
Hickory, Pecan, Hard Maple, White Oak
White Ash, Beech, Red Oak, Yellow Birch, Green Ash, Black
Cherry, Mahogany, Pine
Solid wood flooring is made from one
continuous piece of wood and is available in strips, planks
and parquet squares. Wood strips are anywhere from 1 ½” to
about 2 ¼” wide. Planks are wider than 2¼”. Generally, a solid
hardwood floor is a ¾” thick plank that is in narrow 2 ¼”
strips. However, they can be manufactured in a variety of
widths and thicknesses.
Solid flooring gives you a great opportunity for
customization. Your choice of species, stains, and finishes
all contribute to the personalization of a solid floor.
You can get your wood floor either unfinished or prefinished.
Unfinished flooring offers unlimited color stain options.
Prefinished wood flooring features a factory-applied finish.
Because solid wood is sensitive to moisture, Abbey does not
recommend installing a solid wood floor below ground level or
directly over a concrete slab. These floors are generally for
nail down installations only.
Engineered wood flooring is made from
layers of wood stacked and glued together under heat and
pressure. There are usually three to seven layers (plies)
stacked with grains running perpendicular to each other. The
top finish layer can be cut from a variety of domestic or
exotic hardwood species and are generally factory prefinished
with a polyurethane or an aluminum oxide finish.
All woods expand and contract with heat and humidity.
Engineered wood is more dimensionally stable than solid
hardwood because the layers keep the movement in balance.
Because it is less inclined to swell and shrink, engineered
wood can be installed in areas where solid wood cannot such as
over concrete or in high-moisture areas. It can easily be used
in kitchens, powder rooms and utility rooms.
Engineered floors will range from 5/16” to 9/16” in thickness
and from 2 ¼” to 7” in width. Installation can be glued,
floated, nailed or stapled.
EXOTIC HARDWOOD FLOORING:
Exotic hardwood is the term used to
describe hardwood species from around the world. Exotic
hardwood species come from Australia, Africa, South America
and the Far East. Exotic hardwoods offer unique wood graining
and color variations. Most exotic woods are available in
engineered wood construction, but some are available in solid
hardwood planks as well. Bamboo, Amendoim and Jatoba are
examples of exotic hardwood.
Parquet floors are made from custom-crafted
wood tiles that are used to create a patterned floor.