Solid wood flooring is milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Depending on the desired look of the floor, the timber can be cut in three ways: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, and rift-sawn. The timber is cut to the desired dimensions and either packed unfinished for a site-finished installation or finished at the factory. The moisture content at time of manufacturing is carefully controlled to ensure the product does not warp during transport and storage.
A number of proprietary features for solid wood floors are available. Many solid woods come with grooves cut into the back of the wood that run the length of each plank, often called 'absorption strips,' that are intended to reduce cupping. Solid wood floors are mostly manufactured .75 inches (19 mm) thick with a tongue-and-groove for installation.
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Prefinished Solid Plank
With prefinished solid plank flooring, the finish is applied at the manufacturer's facility. These plank floors require less time to install because the sanding and finishing process has already happened. The plank flooring is ready to walk on immediately
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Unfinished Solid Plank
With unfinished solid plank flooring, your wood installer will sand the plank and apply the finish on the job site. There are several finish options. This is the best option if you are looking for a specific color or need to match existing plank floor.
Solid Plank Flooring...Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world, engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, solid wood ...