Hardwood flooring is produced in either a solid or an engineered format and may be finished or unfinished. A pre-finished floor will have a factory applied coating to protect the wood. Prior to the finish being applied, the boards may be stained or left their natural color. Unfinished boards are installed on the jobsite. Then they are sanded, stained and have the finish applied.
The term solid refers to boards that are a single piece of wood cut to a given thickness. The most common is ¾ inch thick, but other sizes may be available. Solid hardwood floors are typically nailed down over a plywood sub-floor.
Engineered boards are made up of multiple layers of wood. This type of construction creates a board that is more stable and not as likely to be affected by changes in the building's environment. All hardwoods should be kept within the recommended humidity level range. The top layer is made from a particular species and is sometimes referred to as the "wear layer". The thickness of this layer will vary among different styles and manufacturers.
All of these types of products are available from Coast Tile & Marble in Egg Harbor Township.
Products with thicker wear layers usually cost more; however, they provide a more durable surface. Some may be sanded and refinished. Most engineered floors can be glued or nailed down. Some can be installed using a floating method. Floating floors are boards that are installed over a foam pad and attached to one another. Not to the sub-floor.
All hardwoods are natural products and will have variation in color and in the grain. Before ordering hardwood flooring it is a good idea to see samples that show a variety of boards in order to get a better idea of what the floor will look like when installed.
Coast Tile carries many varieties of hardwood flooring. Stop by our showroom to see what's available.