When we refer to a hardwood floor's type, we are talking about how the floor plank is constructed.
Solid-wood flooring is made of one piece of wood from top to bottom and can be used in any room on or above ground. Solid-wood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times.
Engineered wood floors are also made of real wood but include multiple layers, with the top layer made of high-quality wood. Engineered wood floors expand and contract less than solid-wood flooring, making them ideal for basements, wider-width floors, and in-floor heat systems.
Quality engineered flooring can be sanded and refinished – just not as many times as solid-wood flooring.
Composite engineered-wood flooring contains real wood on the wearable surface only. The backing and core material may be made up of any type of composite material. This type of engineered floor is less expensive and cannot be sanded.
Many different wood species are used for hardwood flooring – domestically grown, as well as more-exotic species imported from around the world.
Each species has variations in grain, color, knots, and character. The species you select will dictate the overall look of your hardwood floor. Some species are also harder (more durable) than others.
Ralph's has an extensive selection of species on display in our showroom, ranging from rustic to elegant to ultra-contemporary.
The choice of hardwood floor colors is virtually unlimited. Floors can be brown, tan, beige, black, grey, or even white. When choosing color, take inspiration from your personal style and surroundings. Airy and bright settings call for different choices than a sleek city apartment.
We help our customers find the perfect color for their taste, décor, and interior design. Whether it is finding the right species to get the natural color you seek, or using our exclusive staining and finishing process, we can help you achieve a wide range of looks.