A quick lesson in wood floors


Thinking about installing wood floors? The first decision you need to make

involves the type. According to the National Wood Flooring Association,

there are four types:


• Unfinished. This type requires you or your installer to sand and

apply a finish. If you want a specific colour or style, or you're trying to

match existing flooring, this might be the best option for you.


• Factory finished. As the name suggests, this is flooring that has its

finish applied in the factory. Although it is more expensive, factory

finished flooring can be installed faster and can be walked upon



• Solid. This is flooring that is made from a solid piece of wood, top to

bottom. The advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many

times over the years, or even decades.


• Engineered. This is flooring that is made of thin layers of wood

pressed together. It can be engineered to be very durable and

expand and contract less than solid flooring.


The type you choose depends on your needs. Talk to your dealer or

contractor about your specific application.

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