Before you install hardwood flooring in your home, there are a few questions you must first ask yourself. There are a few simple possibilities for you to choose from when thinking about what wood is best for your home.

You have the choice between whether you want solid wood or engineered wood.

It’s likely that you might be thinking, “Aren’t they all just wood?”. However, ‘solid wood’ is commonly the wood that’s used for hardwood flooring. Engineered wood, on the other hand, is simply wood that is constructed of a veneer layer on top of a plywood core.

Installing Hardwood Flooring

The first thing you need to look at when getting ready to install your new floors is whether it will be above grade or on grade. A floor that is level with the ground is considered on grade. A home or building floor that is on the second level or higher is above grade. If you are installing floors in a basement, those will be considered below grade. As a rule, you should not install solid wood flooring in below grade areas as the chance of moisture coming up from the ground is heightened

The type of wood you use will depend on the grade you have. Generally, engineered wood works best on concrete slab subflooring, as it can handle moisture a lot better than solid wood does. Another important factor in what type of wood to use is the manner in which the subfloor is constructed.

Types of Subflooring

There are three types of subflooring, which are concrete, plywood, and particleboard. If the subflooring is concrete, then the best option will be engineered wood to reduce the chance of moisture damage. With plywood subflooring, you can use both types of wood flooring. You’ll just simply have to ensure that you nail the solid wood or engineered wood flooring to the plywood. If the subflooring is made of particleboard, then you will first need to replace the particle board with plywood. After that, you can nail the flooring of your choice to the new subflooring material.

Whichever type of hardwood flooring you decide to put in your home, you will love the beauty of a natural tone hardwood floor. There are different patterns of grain that you can use to diminish the appearance of any dents or scratches that may appear in the wood flooring as well. Hardwood flooring in your home is going to give your home an added value and make it more attractive.

Cameron the Sandman is a family owned hardwood flooring company that has been transforming homes and businesses throughout Michigan for over 80 years. Offering uncompromised quality and workmanship from the very start of every project, our professional wood flooring installers make every effort to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied. Our services include installation, repair, restoration, refinishing and more! Working with every species of wood, our flooring experts are here to help you choose the perfect hardwood for your home or business. Contact us today for a Free Consult!