TYPES OF HARDWOOD FLOORING
Solid Hardwood Flooring
A solid piece of hardwood, generally cut into 3/4" thick planks. Recommended for above ground; not recommended for concrete slabs. Unless plywood will be placed in between the cement subfloor and the solid wood flooring, plus a moisture barrier. Solid Hardwood flooring can come unfinished, which is then installed and finished on-site; or pre-finished, which is completely finished at the factory with several coats of durable finish, before it's ever delivered to your home, then simply nailed down.
Another choice to consider with solid hardwood flooring, is whether to go with pre-finished flooring, factory finished; or unfinished flooring, which would be sanded and finished on site.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
These are several plies of wood that are glued and laminated together to form a wood plank. Range in thickness from 1/4" to just over a half inch. Can be installed almost anywhere in your home, including over concrete.
Long strip Hardwood Flooring
These are engineered floors, but with a longer and wider plank, which allows the top layer to show 2 or 3 rows of thin hardwood strips.
Exotic Hardwood Flooring
Different hardwood specie from around the World. Not found in North America, these hardwood come from Australia, Africa, Brazil and the Far East. Exotic hardwoods offer unique wood grain and coloration Many exotic floors are available in and in solid hardwood planks as well.
Wood flooring is offered in a variety of sizes.Their thickness generally ranges from 1/4" up to 3/4" for most solid hardwood. The width varies from 1" on up to about 6", with the most common sizes being 2-1/4" and 3". Each size will give a different look to your floor, so your decision should be based on your desired outcome and look you wish to achieve.
When considering the type of hardwood flooring you would want to use, it is recommended to consult an experienced hardwood flooring contractor. Doing so will provide you with the peace of mind that you will get a satisfying result in the end.