Hardwood Flooring Options
PREFINISHED SOLID WOOD
Prefinished Solid hardwoods are available in different thickness, the 3/4 of an inch is the standard thickness and thinner products are also available. Sizes start at 5/16 of an inch with more selections at 3/8 to 1/2 inch.
Prefinished solid wood can be refinished but in most cases you will lose the warranty from the manufacturer.
SOLID WOOD WITH A CUSTOM FINISH
Solid Wood Flooring that are finished on site are also available in different thickness: 3/4 of an inch is still the standard, and thinner products are also available. Sizes start at 5/16 of an inch with more selections at 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Usually this type of flooring does not come with a warranty on the finish and could be refinished when your floors worn or bare spots begin to appear, and scratches become too much. In most cases you may choose to change the wood color, or the sheen level of the wood.
Engineered Wood Flooring is real Wood from top to bottom, it is not laminate. Laminate flooring is melamine-infused paper on top, wood chip composite on bottom. There are many species of engineered wood flooring such as Hickory, Oak, Maple and much more. Most engineered wood comes with a top finished layer from the manufacturer, which means that it is already sanded and sealed and you could walk on as soon as the floor has been laid.