A Closer Look at Solid-Wood Flooring
The ins and outs of an enduring favorite.
Synopsis: Author Anatole Burkin sheds light on what to look for in solid-wood flooring. Additional information on wood movement, finishes, trends, and hardness round out this overview of what can be found in solid-wood flooring.
Solid-wood flooring has enjoyed a reputation for durability and beauty for centuries. Many older homes sport original flooring that’s still in excellent condition after enduring generations of activity. With traffic and time, a wood floor develops a character and charm that’s hard to beat, making it a perennially popular choice.
Whether the flooring is new or reclaimed, domestic or imported, wood offers an almost unlimited variety of finishes and can be sanded and refinished several times over its life span. The finish can simply draw out the natural character of the wood, or in the case of dye, stain, or pickling, it can color the wood. Depending on how it was cut, it…