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A Guide to Timber Flooring – How To Choose Your Flooring

Whether you're remodeling your home, or just looking for something to put down in your living room, timber flooring is a popular option. But where do you start? This guide will help you choose the right type of timber and give you information on what types of timber floors are in style this year.

Types of Timber Flooring

There are two main types of flooring you will find in a house: hardwood and engineered. Hardwoods include more expensive options such as oak, walnut, and cherry. For less-expensive options, look to low-maintenance items like cedar and pine.

All wood floors are protected from wear and tear by non-skid underlayments that offer good traction for long stretches of walking or running. The most common type is a 3/4 inch thick plywood or chipboard base layer called a skid proofing pad or underlayment.

However, there is another option for both hardwoods and engineered floors—solid wood (also called solid tone). A solid wood hardwood floor is a completely natural product. It is made of solid pieces of wood laid down in the same manner that hardwood floors are manufactured today.

The only difference between solid wood hardwood and engineered wood flooring is that the latter has previously been cut, sanded, glued, and glued again.