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4 Types of Hardwood Flooring

4 Types of Hardwood Flooring

When choosing hardwood flooring, there are four main options.

Everyone loves the look of natural wood flooring, but in some cases, natural hardwood may not be the best option for your home. Even so, each kind of hardwood flooring available today has its benefits. If you are looking for the ideal hardwood flooring for your custom home, Viking Custom Homes can help you out.


Perhaps there is a chance that natural hardwood flooring would be the best fit for your custom home. Natural wood comes in solid planks about three-quarters of an inch thick and can range from 3-10 inches wide, depending on if you go with a medium or wide plank style. Some of the best species for wood flooring are oak, hickory, walnut, and maple. Each wood varies in hardness and softness, so your choice may depend on how much traffic your flooring will get. Too soft, and the wood may undergo too much wear and tear.


Bamboo is a natural flooring material but does not count among the other species because it is a grass, not a tree. It is a highly durable, environmentally-safe material for flooring with a tensile strength greater than steel. It only takes five years for it to mature, unlike trees, and grows in plenty. Because of this, bamboo is an excellent and affordable option for almost any home.

Engineered Hardwood

Meanwhile, engineered hardwood is a more affordable option that can also be more durable than natural wood against warping in humid conditions. It contains a thin layer of real wood on the surface and multi-layers of plywood underneath. It is fairly easy for homeowners to install it themselves and comes in just as many species, finishes, and widths as natural hardwood. 


Laminate flooring is the most affordable option and does a good job in replicating the look of real wood while avoiding the issue of warping from humidity. The top layer is a photographic depiction of hardwood over multi-layered plywood. 

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