Chapter 5: Types of Solid Wood Flooring

While deciding what type of hardwood is best for your home or business, you’ll want to think about your individual situation as well as several other considerations. Among the things to weigh are if you have a preference for the installation process required for your choice, what species and color of wood appeals to your tastes, and whether you want the wood to be unfinished hardwood flooring or not.

When thinking about the installation of your wood flooring, you’ll need to take into account the location of the flooring. Solid wood flooring has special considerations when being installed over radiant heat, and it’s best that the flooring not be installed directly over concrete.

Superior Hardwoods of Montana has several unfinished hardwood flooring options that might suit your needs:

Our reclaimed hardwood lumber is high quality and chosen selectively from buildings and barns across the United States that have been retired. Our reclaimed wood flooring has been preserved and aged to give it a second life as a beautiful addition to today’s homes and businesses. Because all of the wood has history and a story behind it, using reclaimed wood will surely bring a sense of uniqueness to your project.

Reclaiming and reusing wood is a sustainable practice that’s environmentally friendly. Our staff will help you find the right reclaimed hardwood flooring option, whether your style is traditional or modern. The planks in our collection of reclaimed barn wood can be longer and wider than typical hardwood flooring planks.

When selecting hardwood flooring, you’ll notice the various types of wood are classified by grade. The traits of different types of wood vary greatly, and that makes it difficult for there to be a standard grading system across the industry. The National Wood Flooring Association has a grading system which only applies to wood from the United States.

Hardwood Grading is more about the look than the quality of the floor.

You’ll see grades used to describe woods at Superior Hardwoods, and it’s important to understand all the wood is of excellent quality. The grades apply to the visible appearance of the wood. Grades are also used to describe the length of the wood. A higher grade will have planks that are longer than a lower grade.