Solid Wood

Foundation Flooring provides our customers with a wide variety of solid hardwood flooring options to suits all your needs and preferences.

Solid hardwood is one of the very few flooring options that will always raise the value of your home. An all-time favorite choice especially in the Northern parts of the United States, hardwood is not only a flooring that will last for decades, but that can also bring warmth and beauty to any room.

Pros of hardwood flooring

Homeowners prefer solid wood to other flooring options because hardwood:

Cons of hardwood flooring

Solid hardwood also has a few minor setbacks, namely:

What is solid hardwood?

Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of timber. The timber is air dried or kiln before sawing which forms the hardwood floor. The timber can be cut in three ways, depending on the desired look:

  • Flat-sawn
  • Quarter-sawn
  • Rift-sawn

The timber can either be finished at the factory, or packaged unfinished for a site-finished installation.

Hardwood floors come in several different specifications. Most are manufactured 3/4", but 3/8” is also common for lower budget floors. Solid wood floors may also come with grooves that are cut alongside the back and run the length of each blank. These are called absorption strips and their purpose is to reduce cupping.

Wood Hardness with the Janka Hardness Test

The resistance of solid hardwood is measured with the Janka hardness scale. Janka hardness represents the pounds of force put unto the wood before leaving a dent. Specifically, the Janka rating is tested with a .44” steel ball and measures how much force is needed to leave an indentation. The higher the Janka rating, the harder the wood is.

Common wood types used for solid hardwood floors

More often than not, homeowners associate solid wood with particular types of species, particularly those from which you can obtain ¾ inch thick planks like hickory, maple or oak. The great array of finishes available nowadays allows manufacturers to transform common wood into an exotic-looking version, all at a fraction of the cost. Nonetheless, our customers still mainly prefer traditional types of woods such as:

  • Jatoba or commonly known as the Brazilian Cherry
  • Amendiom
  • American Walnut
  • Hickory
  • Maple
  • Red Oak
  • White Oak
  • Lapacho or commonly know as Brazilian Walnut
  • Santos Mahogany
  • Ash
  • Merbau
  • Pecan
  • Sapele
  • Cumaru or commonly known as Brazilian Teak
  • Sucupira
  • Tigerwood
  • Wenge

Solid hardwood finish grades

Foundation Floors has an extensive list of options of hardwood finish grades to choose from, including:

  • Clear grade
  • Exclusive grade
  • Select & Better grade
  • #1 Common
  • #2 Common
  • Tavern or Cabin grade
  • Antique, traditional, character grades
  • Short grades

Explore the wide collection of solid hardwood in Foundation Flooring inventory and find your perfect floor today!

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