Because it’s the most popular type of flooring, strip hardwood floors is generally available in extra variety than any other type. Practically each neighborhood lumberyard has bundles of 2 1/four in. give up-matched strip hardwood floors lying around. But just because they sell it, it doesn’t mean you should buy it there.
If there’s one aspect I’m sure of, it’s that wood flooring can’t be treated and saved like studs and plywood. It must be stored in a dry (preferably heated) shed by people who know flooring materials.
Solid-timber strip hardwood flooring can be sold in three/four in., 1 half of-in., 1 three/4-in., 2 three/four-in. And 2 three/four-in. Widths and in thicknesses from 5/sixteen in. To l half in. Which width and thickness you pick out to depend upon the look you’re after. Narrow strip has a tendency to make the ground look busy, especially in the lower grades, wherein there’s masses of grain variation. It’s also greater labor-intensive since more nailing is needed for a given floor size. Conversely, wider flooring in the better grades will appear to be extra of a single piece due to the fact the discern is subdued and even. The wider the floors, the extra you can expect to pay, given the equal grade.
As for thickness, 3/four-in. Is the standard preference for unfinished strip flooring. In occasions where the height advantage of three/4-in. flooring can’t be tolerated for some reason, you might elect to use thinner floors. But the thinner the floors, the much less you’ll be capable of sand it whilst it’s time to refinish. For the equal reason, flooring is thicker than three/four in. Will stand up to more sanding and refinishing, however the fabric will should be special ordered and is likely to be expensive.
Strip flooring is usually facet and stop-matched, with tongues and grooves along the rims and inside the ends. It’s possible to buy either square edged (no tongue and groove) or facet matched (tongue and groove best on the rims), however I prefer to work with aspect-and-cease-matched floors. It’s a little less complicated to install and commonly makes a more potent ground because the aggregate of edge and quit tongues lock the floor into a single, rigid unit. Where side-and-stop-matched floors may be quickly nailed through the tongues, rectangular-edged flooring has to be painstakingly face nailed. Face nails ought to be set and the holes filled earlier than sanding and finishing – this is lots of extra work.
Any floors 3 in. Or wider is considered plank. Plank is broadly bought in 1-in. Increments from 3 in. as much as 7 in., but wider forums are sometimes to be had. As with strip, a plank is regularly side and quit-matched so it’s blind nailed to the subfloor and/or face nailed and screwed. Plank floors is to be had in hardwoods, however no longer as broadly as it’s miles in the softwoods – chiefly fir, hemlock and pine. Some groups specialize in unusual imported species; these may or may not conform to traditional sizes but probably won’t adhere to the grading rules. Several businesses make flooring from the siding and structural beams of old timber buildings. These products are aimed at the healing market and might or might not agree to the grades. Check with the dealer and ask to peer a sample.
Plank floors is sold in numerous thicknesses from three/8-in in. To 1 half of in. The thinner inventory is often laminated and prefinished, even though thicker laminated merchandise are to be had. In the West, 2×6 tongue-and-groove plank floors, frequently known as vehicle decking, is used as a structural subfloor, but it’s no longer of a good sufficient grade for anything other than a utility completed ground. Car decking from time to time has a V-grooved part that may be left exposed below to shape the ceiling for the room below.
The choice criteria for grades of plank floors are largely the same as a strip. Plank floors is boxed instead of bundled. Most mills seem to pack packing containers as nested bundles. These packing containers include a few shorts but there is no fashionable shorts grouping (as in strip) probably because quick, extensive forums seem like too square and it’s much more difficult to achieve staggered stop matches with brief pieces.