Solid Hardwood Flooring: 101
In this post we will introduce you to the basic knowledge of wooden flooring. We will take baby steps to understand how it manufactured and what actually "solid" means.
First, we will take an example of very common species of the tree - White Oak.
When white oak gets cut in the forest, it is being transported to the factory or slabs are cut in place.
From this point the slab gets converted into the plank.
After the sides are trimmed, machines are cutting out tongue and groove to connect the planks. So now you can see on the picture above two solid hardwood planks. Word "solid" stands for "whole" meaning that the plank is not engineered or made with other type of wood. So if you buy solid walnut, it means that the plank will be only walnut, unlike engineered walnut will be mixed with plywood.
Here is difference between solid hardwood and engineered:
Very common question we get - "what is better?" Our answer is "none of them is better than other". They are different type of materials for different purposes. To find out differences between them please visit our post "Solid vs. Engineered"