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Hardwood flooring remains one of the best options for flooring in a home. For homeowners who want to add beauty, style, value and comfort to their home, the choice falls mainly on solid hardwood flooring.

What is solid hardwood flooring?

When we talk about hardwood floors, we usually think of solid wood floors. The board is usually 3/4″ thick and 2’1/4, 3’4 and 4’4′ 1/4 wide, made from a single piece of hardwood and coming in prefinished or unfinished style. To have larger boards, it is suggested to take engineered flooring since it is more stable and will be less likely to deform with changes in temperature and humidity. You can also find flooring 1’1/2, 1’4, 2″ 1/2, 2″ 3/4 on special order or unfinished wood to make repairs on an old floor of which some slats would have to change. The most commonly used wood species for solid wood floors are red oak, white oak and maple wood.

Whether you’re looking for something in a common area or in a classic dining room, solid hardwood floors will offer elegance and durability that will last a lifetime. These floors are quite durable but require special care.

This type of flooring is usually installed in low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms or living rooms, bedrooms, games rooms, passages, and focuses on a rich and clean finish that will ensure that your floor will be the central point of any rooms. With a variety of colors and wood available on the Canadian market, solid wood flooring is the perfect choice for those looking for luxury and elegance in their home. Of course, solid wood floors continue to be considered the pinnacle of flooring options for homes here in Canada.

Pros and cons of solid hardwood flooring

Solid hardwood floors are a lifelong investment that can be sanded and refurbished several times during its existence, enhancing their appeal and longevity. Indeed, some solid wood floors in Montreal dating back more than 100 years are still in good condition.

However, solid wood floors are sensitive to moisture and it is therefore not recommended to install them in areas with high moisture potential, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and even basements. It is well known that hardwood and water do not mix well.

The main problem with a solid hardwood floor is that it contracts and expands depending on the humidity of your home. In winter, when it is drier, solid hardwood floors will contract. Whereas in spring or summer, when there is more moisture in the air, hardwood expands. It is also precisely for this reason that it is important to respect the spaces (expansion joint) on the edge of the walls that allow the floor to expand as needed.

When installing a solid hardwood floor, it is important to have enough experience to allow enough space for the expansion and natural contraction of solid hardwood. Furthermore, don’t forget to acclimatize your raw wood floors before their installation.