• Albert Muradyan

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.

In this picture you can see pile of trees before going to the mill.
Pile of trees stacked in the forest before being cut into the slabs.

When white oak gets cut in the forest, it is being transported to the factory or slabs are cut in place.

Mill worker holding slab of wood to cut another slab
Machinist cutting the tree into the slabs

From this point the slab gets converted into the plank.

Solid hardwood planks with tongue and groove
On this picture you can see two solid hardwood planks next to each other. Left plank has tongue; Right plank has groove.

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:

Engineered vs Solid
Top picture shows us the structure of the engineered hardwood. Bottom picture shows us the structure of solid hardwood.

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"

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