Hardwood Flooring Questions Frequently Asked Questions About Hardwood Floors Home » Flooring Help » Flooring Questions » Hardwood Flooring Questions What types of wood flooring are available? Hardwood flooring is available in three distinct types: solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring and longstrip flooring. These types differ in the way they’re manufactured, which has implications for where and how they’re installed and how many times they can be refinished. Solid wood flooring, as its name implies, consists of a solid piece of wood with tongue and groove sides. Engineered and longstrip flooring are both manufactured by stacking thin layers of wood to create one wood plank. If you have questions about which type is best for you, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help! What is the difference between pre-finished and unfinished hardwood floors? With pre-finished wood flooring, boards are sanded, stained and finished by the manufacturer. This cuts down on installation time and floors are ready for use right after they’re installed. Unfinished wood floors must be sanded and finished after installation. While the process takes longer, these floors allow for more customization or matching of colors to existing floors. How do I choose a species? This is largely up to you. “Species” of hardwood refers to the species of tree from which the flooring was constructed, such as maple, oak or ash. Different species have different looks, hues, and degrees of hardness. At the Floor Store, we have dozens of species to choose from, and can help you choose one that meets your sense of style and budget. Are wood floors appropriate for any room in the house? This depends on the type of flooring you choose. As a rule, solid wood flooring should be installed in rooms at or above ground level, and is not recommended in any room where there is the possibility of water damage, such as the bathroom. Engineered wood flooring is much more versatile and can be installed almost anywhere in the home, including the basement. If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact us and a Floor Store professional can help you out.