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Types Of Solid Wood Flooring

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Wood flooring is a versatile flooring material that can be found in diverse species, colours and styles. Two major types are present, namely, engineered wood and solid wood. The latter is constructed from solid lumber planks while the engineered type has lumber veneer over reinforced, synthetic underlayment. In this article, let’s focus on solid wood flooring.

Solid wood flooring may come from diverse wood species, each of which is likely to influence the floor’s functionality and appearance. Here are some types of solid wood flooring you may consider for your new flooring. 

Bamboo flooring

It is created from compressed bamboo strands having wood appearance. When compared to most natural woods, it is 2-3 times much harder and also affordable by square foot. This fast-grow gin plant is widely available, economical and eco-friendly. Like real wood, it does not stain easily. You can get them in prefinished as well as in a variety of colour variations. 

American Walnut

This dark, soft wood has a unique swirled grain look and hence, a wonderful design choice. However, it might dent and scuff, thereby not being fit for high traffic areas.

 Cherry wood

Its enviable appearance is what makes it an expensive wood. It has light reddish-brown, versatile colour with swirling, visible grains. Being highly photosensitive, it is highly liable to darken within initial months of installation. This wood is also cited to be the softest natural-wood flooring type available while being vulnerable to warping, staining, denting and scuffing. 


This type of flooring was used back then in France during the 1600s in Parquetries courts. Although not a wood type, it is a fashion to lay wood plank flooring. It involves arraignment of one wood in small panels in angular, geometric mosaic. The floor patterns generally include herringbone parquet, chevron parquet and square parquet. The latter type needs frequent upkeep. It also highlights the grain pattern’s natural beauty, while enhancing your home’s value. 


It is easy to maintain, affordable and durable. Red oak has a dark red appearance while white oak is golden brown. The latter has a hardness level, thus being a wonderful choice in high traffic areas. 


It is considered to be a sustainable and affordable flooring option. However, for refinishing, it is not good since it is more prone to scratches and dents when compared to other hardwoods. This wood’s yellow & white hues combined with charming grain are what have enhanced its popularity. 

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