Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from lumber. As a natural material, hardwood reacts to changes in its setting, like moisture and
extreme temperatures, which cause solid wood to shrink or expand. All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed over the years.
Solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below ground level or in bathrooms.
Solid wood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building. Solid wood floors have a thick wear surface and can be sanded and finished many times.
Solid wood floors should never be installed floating. The sensitive behavior of wood towards changes in the room’s relative humidity and
temperature limits the installation methods to only nailing or gluing down. The wood flooring usually comes unfinished, so sanding and
finishing on site is a must. Installing solid wood is then much more complicated and must be done by a professional.
Facts About Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid wood flooring can be sanded for approximately 5 times to re-level the flooring not only remove dings and scratches. For this reason, hiring a flooring professional to sand and refinish the floor is recommended.
Solid wood flooring is durable on the surface with reference to the finishing product used and the characteristics of the selected hardwood top layer.
There are limited types and sizes of solid wood and so are the ways to install it. You’ll need to treat your flooring carefully to make it last for long.