Hard / Solid Wood Flooring
Hard/Solid hardwood and only hardwood, a homogeneous product from top to bottom and side to side.3.25" is standard width. Plank width begins at 5" and can go up to 11" wide.Far more choices of wood species than engineered wood. Red and white oak, maple, hickory, and pine are the most popular solids. Pre-finished is increasingly the finish of choice for solids. Site-finished (also called unfinished) accounts for about 25% of solid hardwoods today.
Solid hardwoods are nailed or stapled down. It is never installed on a floating basis.Solid hardwood encompasses a greater range of wood hardness than engineered. Hardness ranges from extremely soft and appropriate only for utility areas.
Well-maintained solid hardwood will last for decades. Moisture is the enemy of this organic product. Wood floors do stand a chance of being salvaged after flooding, but they will never perfectly return to their former shape.