hardwood-floorsWood and hardwood floors have many terms used to identify the kind of wood and process of installation.

If you want to install hardwood floors in your existing floor or you are planning to have your own home and to have a hardwood floor is one of your plans, you can either hire an expert to do it yourself.

You better get familiarize with the terms used in installing hardwood floors.

Engineered hardwood:

It is made up of thin sheets of hardwood glued and pressed together to form planks or plywood. It is usually made up of 3-7 sheets layered in different directions.

Exotic woods:

Exotic means strange, foreign, or outlandish. And that’s what exotic woods are. They are not common in an area and have strange characteristics or appearance. Some species of exotic woods are Bloodwood with its red sap, Borneo Rosewood, has red and yellow stripes, the Blue Mahoe a blue wood, Beeswing Narra, African Blackwood and many more.


These are heavy, dense, and hard to saw species. This type of wood is the most preferred wood used for flooring due to its hardness and durability.


Softwood is not exactly soft. It is just an easy-to manage-wood like sawing. Although some softwood is even harder than hardwood, they are still called softwood.

Prefinished wood:

Prefinished wood are woods that have a finish done during the manufacturing process and are ready to install. They are better than unfinished wood because you can save time and money for an additional work of finishing your wood floor. But it has disadvantages of its own.

Unfinished wood:

They are purchasing without its finish. It is mostly preferred, because it is lesser in price.

Long strip:

This is the largest and the longest engineered wood and smaller than plywood. It is wider than any plank or strip.


The strip is a small size of a plank or long strips.

Laminated wood:

It is another kind of engineered wood product with the composition if thin sheet of wood piled and glue and all the grains are parallel.


Compared to laminated wood, plywood is stronger because the sheets or veneered are laid perpendicular to each other.


Wood wastes like sawdust or wood chips are the main component of particle board. Dried and glued then covered with a thin layer of veneer.

Glue down:

This kind installation is recommended for engineered strip or plank wood floor over a concrete or plywood subfloor and was found out that, if done accurately and properly, this method is stable and durable as well.

This method uses glue or adhesive in order that the planks would stick to the subfloor.

Staple down:

This staple down method uses a pneumatic nailer, a powerful fastener that can drive nails up to 3 1/2 inches long into the subfloor.

Floating floors:

It is a type of installation using long strip boards. This is constructed over a subfloor or an existing floor.

Nail down:

This is used for installing a solid wood floor. Solid wood floors are nailed down because they are thicker and must stay in place properly.