What is a tongue & groove construction?
Tongue and groove is the type of joint construction on wood flooring planks that allow them to easily fit together. One side of the plank has a projection called the tongue while the other side has a groove to match. The panels are laid flat with each tongue fitting into the groove next to it. This allows the planks to interlock seamlessly across the floor.
How are tongue & groove floors installed?
The tongue and groove is can be installed in either a glue down, nail down or floating method. If floating tongue and groove, a seam glue is used to adhere the tongue and groove together.
What is a solid floor?
Solid hardwood planks are just as they sound, a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. This kind of wood typically tends to be a denser floor, making them stronger and more durable than other types of constructions. Solid hardwood needs about 2-3 weeks to acclimate in your room/home prior to being installed. Solid floors must be installed above grade only as they are susceptible to moisture and expansion over time. Glue or nail down installation are the only 2 options with solid floors as they generally cannot be floated.
What are the benefits of an aluminum oxide floor?
One of the most popular finishes today, Aluminum Oxide (Urethane) finishes are considered the most durable. Urethane coating creates a plastic-like shield that is extremely scratch resistant. Everyday wear or damage is generally contained to the finish and rarely to the wood underneath. Though often considered a little harder to repair than Oil finished floors, Aluminum Oxide finished hardwoods are some of the most durable and life-proof floors you can buy.
How can this floor be installed?
Glue-down installation process is when the floor is glued to the subfloor using a special flooring adhesive. From a do-it-yourself standpoint, this is generally considered the hardest of the installations and requires a high skill level. As with with nail down, it is best to have a professional installation crew execute this if you decide to go this route for installing your floors. There are many types of glue that can be used but it is important to get a high quality, waterproof flooring adhesive.
Nail down installation is the process of securing the floor to the subfloor with either nails, staples, or flooring cleats. This method requires significant equipment and a professional installer is generally recommended for these types of installs.