What is the history of hardwood floors? You will be amazed of how it has gained its history in the course of time. Yes, it also has history on its own.

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Wood flooring has started in early 1600. Unlike in the North America, where the abundance of wood is commonly used for floors during the Colonial Era, European houses had earthen floors beneath their feet. During those times in North America, wood floors were unfinished planks that were supported by joist installed over stone or dirt.

Only the royal and noble families can have wood floors. Its style and elegance started to develop during the Baroque Era when patterns of artistic parquetry began. During those times, wood floors were unfinished planks that were supported by joist installed over stone or dirt.

Only those wealthiest people can afford to have wood floors in their homes. Woods are cut and fitted together, handscraped by the hands of skilled craftsmen so meticulous and painstaking work that it takes years for these craftsmen to finish that same floor they have had installed.

During those days the only hardwood floors that existed were coarser and uneven planks used for the commoners’ homes. While the rich can pay craftsmen to fix their floors to make them shine, commoners’ floors were neither sanded nor finished, but were simply polished and smoothened by the feet of all generations.

During the Victorian Era from 1840-1910, began the mass production of wood and tongue and groove construction were made in 1901-1914, the Edwardian Era. In 1885, the creation of flooring with groove on a one long side and a tongue on the other was developed. 1920’s to 30’s powerful competitors of wood floors emerge.

It was during the 30’s that improve form of polyurethane finish was becoming popular until the easy installation of cork and linoleum with its less maintenance problem became more competitive. It was in the year 1897 the Maple Flooring association began

After the World War ll, housing boomed but not the hardwood flooring industry because of the issues of pricing. Wall to wall carpeting replaced wood floors and gained its popularity. In the 80’s, prefinished hardwood’s rising popularity was because of its easy installation process.

The clean and classic look of wood planks without the intricate parquetry has returned and manufacturers of prefinished wood floors have greatly improved their products.

When the 20th century began, tongue and groove can allow hollow-backing on the boards which make them lighter and better conformity to the subfloors. Wide planks slimmed down, 3/8 and ½ flooring was introduced and help decrease freight charges. Flooring mills like North Branch Flooring Company burn their waste to generate their own heat and electricity. The industry of wood flooring peaked during 1955 when 1.2 billion board feet were used.

Today, clients have a wide variety of hardwood products to choose from. Wood floors have evolved from solid unfinished wood floors to prefinished and engineered wood has plywood, laminated veneered lumber or LVL, Parallel Strand Lumber or PSL, OSB, HDO, MDO and SCL. Each with their specific purpose such as header, beams, joist and window frames.

Although some environmental issues about the unethical logging procedure arises, a recent amendment called the Lacey Act has made hardwood floor manufacturers from logging to selling becoming more responsible for their act.

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