Solid wood flooring is, essentially, a plank of flooring made from one piece of wood. A solid piece of wood is cut from a tree trunk and then machined and sanded into planks of flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring is available in a huge variety of different wood species that vary in colour, grain, pattern, strength and cost. Solid wood flooring can also be found with a variety of finishes, or alternatively it can be unfinished and then stained, and sealed with oil or lacquer to suit your individual requirements. The planks of solid wood flooring are usually found with a tongue and groove fitting system, in random lengths and a range of widths, stretching from 15mm to 22mm. This means that it is easy to find a style of flooring to suit your interior, personal taste and budget.
One advantage of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded down to the top part of the tongue and groove. This allows for it to be sanded and refinished a number of times, when needed, extending its life expectancy even further.
The alternative to solid wood flooring is engineered wood flooring, which has a top layer (wear layer) of solid wood and a plywood base construction, making it more dimensionally stable.