A Comprehensive Guide To
UNFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORING
What you need to consider when looking for a new wood floor.
- How To Buy Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
- Solid vs. Engineered Wood Flooring
- Oak Flooring Grades
- Hickory, Maple and Birch Grades
- Walnut & Cherry Grades
- Proprietary vs. Standard Wood Flooring Grades
- Geographic Region
- Floor Pegs
- Patterns & Parquets
- Medallions and Inlays
- Moldings & Accessories
- Stair Parts
- What really matters when choosing an unfinished hardwood floor
- Download this Guide in PDF format
How To Buy Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Think of unfinished hardwood flooring like a blank canvas. You can make it look any way you want.
Using unfinished hardwood in a home or commercial project will give you the ultimate flexibility to make your floor unique and fit your exact specifications.
We have put together a master list of the things to consider when choosing unfinished hardwood flooring.
While this list is comprehensive and covers most of the typical options people consider, there is always the ability to go even further to create something truly custom.
When it comes to unfinished flooring, we can work with you to source just about any floor you can dream up.
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Solid vs. Engineered Wood Flooring
True wood floors can either be made from one solid piece of lumber or engineered with a true hardwood veneer on top of a plywood core. There are benefits to both formats.
Traditionally, unfinished hardwood flooring is made from a solid piece of lumber. Lumber is harvested from trees and is kiln dried to somewhere between 6-9% moisture content.
The lumber is then milled with a tongue and groove, resulting in a flooring plank that is usually ¾” thick. Other thickness options include ½” or ⅝”, but ¾” is the standard thickness for most unfinished flooring.
Solid wood floors are ideal for homes where conditions can get dry, homes with plywood subfloors, and jobs that require custom work (more options are usually available with solid wood flooring than engineered).
Recently, engineered unfinished floors have become more popular and the quality of these floors is truly amazing. Instead of using one solid piece of lumber for each plank, lumber is cut into thinner veneers. These can range from 2mm to 5mm.
Veneers are then bonded with a plywood core which gives the floor exceptional stability. The thickness of each plank can be ½”, ⅝”, or ¾”. Many times, engineered unfinished floors are pre-sanded so that only minimal final sanding is required once the planks are installed. This can speed up installation time and result in a very high quality floor once installed.
Engineered floors are ideal when being installed over concrete, in a home that can have higher moisture content, or when looking for an efficient and fast way to complete a job. We have a collection of unfinished engineered from Teckton. Contact a location near you for more information.