Simply put, Solid wood flooring is flooring planks made entirely of one piece of wood from top to bottom and can be used in any room that is on or above grade. One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is it can be sanded and refinished multiple times.

Another Type of Real Wood Flooring is called Engineered Wood Flooring. Engineered wood floors are also made of real wood, but only a small portion ranging from .5mm to 6mm in thickness. This Engineered Floor is built in layers with the top layer made of high-quality wood, and may include a core of multiple layers of plywood. Because engineered wood floors expand and contract less than solid wood flooring, they are ideal for such installations as basements and high-rise condominiums. While this type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. This being said, the likely hood of sanding down your floor after purchasing is slim and these days almost never necessary.

Composite engineered wood flooring contains real wood on the wearable surface only. The backing and core material may be made up of any type of composite material such as HDF (High Density Fiber).

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For more information regarding Real Wood Floors, visit the NWFA website at https://www.woodfloors.org/types.aspx