Solid Wood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring has been installed in homes for hundreds of years, even in the Dallas Forth Worth area and across the great state of Texas. The tradition of solid wood has stood the test of time, with many wood floor installations in America and Europe still existing today, centuries later. Like engineered wood flooring, solid wood is popular among Texas homeowners, mostly because of its durability, but also because of the sound, look, and feel of real solid wood. Solid wood flooring is available in hundreds of color and species combinations. Design styles range from smooth finished traditional red oak, to exotic Santos Mahogany, to time worn hand scraped Hickory. But solid wood floors are available in just about every species of lumber imagined, including White Oak, Birch, Brazilian Cherry, American Cherry, Pine, Pecan, Australian Cypress, American Walnut, Bamboo, and far too many other domestic and exotic wood species to mention.

Today, most solid wood floors are available in either plank flooring, strip flooring, or parquet wood / strip / finger pattrens, as well as manufactured medallions, borders, and corners. Solid strip hardwood floors, typically available in red oak, white oak, and North American Maple, are mostly 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, or 3″, 5″, or 7″ wide. Wide plank floors, 5″ to 7″ are less common because they are far less stable, depending on the wood species, and must be professionally installed by a certified expert. Solid hardwood can only be installed over plywood or OSB, typically 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood, and it must be nailed down with a tongue and groove installation system. It is advised not to install solid wood floors in areas exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens where frequent spills are expected to occur.

You may want to consider learning about the differences of solid vs. engineered wood flooring before making a selection.