How To Tell If You Have Hardwood Flooring Or If You Have Wood Flooring Of Another Kind

Hardwood flooring is a well-sought after look. If you recently pulled back your carpet only to discover that a previous property owner had wood flooring but covered it with the carpet, you may be wondering if you have hardwood flooring. It does take a trained eye to tell what kind of wood flooring you have, but there are some clear and defining characteristics that can help you figure it out on your own. (Then, if you do not have hardwood floors but would like them, you can replace them with true hardwood flooring.)

Hardwood Floors Are Thick

True hardwood floors are made of hardwoods like oak and maple. The grain on these wood boards are almost devoid of knots, a feature that is more common with soft woods like pine or cedar. The boards will also be quite thick and virtually insusceptible to damage.

Hardwood Floors Are Usually Dovetailed or Dadoed Together

Because hardwood floors need to fit together tightly like puzzle pieces, the boards should have dovetailed or dadoed grooves. The best way to see this craftsmanship is to look at the boards from an edge, such as the one you can clearly see at the top edge of a set of stairs. If you cannot see the thickness of the boards or how they were fit together for installation, gently pry two boards up, preferably in a less noticeable area of the room. If the boards are grooved and fit together, they will be very difficult to pry up without causing a slight buckling or cracking sound. Without pulling them up all the way, you should be able to see this "tongue and groove" feature along the total length of both boards. This is a sure sign of a hardwood floor.

Wood Parquet or Wood Flooring of Lesser Quality Is Narrow and/or Thin

Wood parquet tends to look like hardwood flooring, but it easily snaps together and snaps apart. You can pop it in and out of position on your floor with little effort and usually nails tack each end of the panels down. Wood flooring of a lesser quality also is tacked down on the ends, but instead of panels, it is made up of slender boards that are not very thick or very wide. Lesser quality wood flooring splinters easily and anything dropped on the boards creates an indentation in the wood. Both parquet and lesser quality woods typically have a high-gloss surface that does not require much maintenance and is very slippery regardless of what you have on your feet (e.g., bare feet, socks, shoes, etc.).

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