Prefinished wood flooring visual appearance enhances any room in the house
By: Roger King
Prefinished wood flooring comes in many styles and wood. Some of the more popular choices are oak, maple, cherry, ash, and fir.
You can also select the stain or clear finish and the edge detail. Wood flooring can be installed with a pneumatic nailer, attached to the sub floor with adhesive, or glued together.
Prefinished wood flooring is manufactured in strips, planks, and parquet form. Strip flooring can be up to 3 1/2 inches wide; planks are wider; and parquet flooring comes in square pieces. The overall thickness is usually 1/2 inch or less.
As with traditional solid wood floors, prefinished wood flooring is made to fit together with tongue and groove joints. Some prefinished strips and planks have slightly eased or beveled edges to make handling and installation easier.
Basic, square-edged flooring is also available. Gluing woodpiles together makes most prefinished wood flooring. Referred to as engineered wood flooring, manufactures have even developed flooring that simply snaps together without glue.
If you want to do the installation yourself, check with the manufacturer or with your flooring supplier to determine which type of installation is appropriate.