Hardwood Installation Tips: When They Work Best & Types of Flooring

When it comes to Chicago hardwood flooring, Plus Hardwood Flooring knows best! That means we know where wood floors will work best, and what types of wood flooring you should have in different areas of your home. If you’re in the process of remodeling your home and need advice from professional hardwood floor contractors look no further. We’ve crafted this detailed blog to help you understand what will not only look best but be best in your home.


Where Hardwood Floors Work Best

Let’s start here, just to get a base understanding of where you might want to put your new hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are best in rooms that are exposed to heavy foot traffic. This is because they are easier to clean and maintain than carpet or other flooring materials. On a rainy day when you get into the house if you get a little mud somewhere it’ll be easier to clean up on hardwood flooring than on a carpet. If you need some advice on cleaning hardwood floors check out our blog, The Yes’s and No’s of Cleaning Hardwood Floors. Wood floors are also great when you need to solve a design or structural problem. When installed by hardwood floor contractors accordingly they can strengthen a floor system making it firmer and a quieter walking surface. Another place that hardwood floors are great are in areas that would otherwise be aesthetically and temperature wise cold. They can warm up an environment and wood is an excellent insulator.

Types of Flooring

Now that you have a better grip on where wood flooring will work best let’s take a look at the three major types: strip, plank, and parquet. Because these are the three major types of wood flooring, they are very likely to be available in a large variety, whether you are looking for finished or unfinished flooring.

Strip Flooring

This type of flooring consists of narrow boards nailed side by side to the subfloor. For most when they think of this type of flooring, red oak hardwood flooring comes to mind. Strip flooring comes in a wide variety, ¾ in., 1 ½ in., 1 ¾ in., 2 ¼ in., and 2 ¾ in. widths. Most strip flooring installed by hardwood floor contractors today are side and end matched. This means that both the long edges and short ends of each piece are tongue and grooved. This is because the tongues and grooves will make a stiff assembly when installed tightly together and nailed. By assembling strip flooring with this modern touch, it will improve structural integrity of the building. This type of flooring is very versatile, so it’ll work in just about any space.

Plank Flooring

This type of flooring is very similar to strip, yet it is wider and is making inroads into strip’s dominance. For most when they think of plank flooring, wide plank white oak flooring comes to mind. Plank flooring is available in 3 in., 4 in., 5 in., 6 in., and 7in. widths. The assembly of this flooring is very similar to strip flooring, planks being nailed to the subfloor, but plank flooring is often also screwed into the floor. If you have a very large open floor plan to cover, plank flooring would be the best options for you, because it offers a more homogeneous look than strip floors in the same species.

Parquet Flooring

Unlike the other two types of flooring, this one comes in individual tiles. Some say that it aesthetically is more similar to ceramic tile than hardwood floors. For installation it is sometimes end matched with tongue and groove, other times it’s square edged. They are sold in individual tiles therefore, the idea is to nail them down in a pattern. This type of flooring is not great to install just anywhere in your home. The geometric patterns if not installed properly in the right space can be a jumbled mess. Yet, if the floor is installed and handled nicely it can add an inviting formality to a living or dining room.


Now you know all there is to know about the types of hardwood floors and where to install your Chicago hardwood flooring! And as always, if you'd like to schedule a hardwood flooring project with us, feel free to contact us via our contact page. We look forward to working with you!



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