Hardwood Flooring Installation
J&R Tile in Bowling Green, KY installs flooring, tile, stone, hardwood, laminate, custom showers, backsplashes, patios, and more.

J&R Tile installs all varieties of hardwood floors including solid wood (unfinished and pre-finished), engineered hardwood, parquet flooring, and imitation hardwood. We can can

The Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

If you’ve already been shopping for hardwood floors, you’ve probably seen the wide variety of available materials. Here’s a little bit of information about the different types of hardwood floors to help you decide which type of flooring will best suit your needs.

Solid Hardwood

Solid wood flooring is probably what most people consider “traditional” hardwood.  It comes in endless varieties of colors, grains, and durability.  Popular types include Red Oak, White Oak, Birch, Beech, Pine, and Cherry.  Red Oak is the most popular choice in the United States for it’s cost and durability.  Some types of wood, such as Cherry, are softer than others, and are only used for decorative inlays.

Sold hardwood comes in both “unfinished” and “pre-finished” versions.  Unfinished flooring must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory — so it only needs installation.

Parquet floors are a unique type of solid hardwood that  are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. It looks almost identical to solid hardwood and is commonly used in areas that may be frequently exposed to moisture, like in a kitchen or bathroom.  Engineering flooring has become very popular in recent years because of it’s durability, price, and ease of installation.

Imitation Hardwood

Also called “laminate,” imitation hardwood isn’t made of wood at all.  It’s a plastic product that comes on a roll and is typically used in kitchens, bathrooms, and for commercial applications.

The benefits of imitation hardwood are the price, durabilty, and ease of installation.  The if by far, the cheapest and easiest to install of all the products listed on this page.

The downside of laminate is that close inspection reveals that it isn’t a true hardwood floor.  Additionally, one of the great benefits of hardwood flooring is the value that it adds to your home.  With laminate, you won’t enjoy this benefit.

Custom Hardwood Installation Options

One of the benefits of using a professional installer is our ability to create custom borders, inlays, and medallions in your floors.  These decorative additions add a touch of elegance to your hardwood floors and provide a custom, one-of-a-kind design.

The most common decorative option is a border. Using this technique, we select one type of color of wood for main area, and select a different type of wood for the border. Inlays add an artistic touch to your hardwood floor using a variety of different wood types and colors to create a design within the floor.  Medallions are a unique type of inlay that are a perfect touch for historic homes.

To see examples of our custom hardwood flooring installation, including borders, inlays, and medallions, check out the gallery.  Or if you’re ready to get started with your project  …  click here to request a free estimate.

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J&R Tile
(270) 392-0936
447 Pisces Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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