EFS Remodeling

Solid Hardwood flooring

Today hardwood is considered to be one of the most popular flooring options. With so much variety to choose from, there is a hardwood floor that can improve just about living space. But when did hardwood flooring first make its appearance in the history?

Today hardwood is considered to be one of the most popular flooring options. With so much variety to choose from, there is a hardwood floor that can improve just about living space. But when did hardwood flooring first make its appearance in the history?

It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that hardwood began to show up as a flooring material. This kind of flooring required visitors to wipe their shoes on a mat before entering the home in order to prevent the earth from getting muddy and depending on the weather.

Once South and North America was discovered, along with its seemingly endless supply of old growth forests, the use of wood for flooring became regular among the settlers living throughout the colonies. It was in such great abundance that using other materials for common housing was pointless. Hardwood floors at that time were mainly built using slow growth pine. Due to the immense size of slow growth trees, it was possible to produce very large sawn planks. They were not sanded or finished like what we find these days, they were just polished smooth by the feet of generations of colonists.

By (1625-1714) wooden floors began to take on a more attractive fare, introducing Marquetry flooring pattern and French Parquetry. Intricate designs were cut by hand and laid with contrasting colored species of wood. Regardless of the pattern in which they were laid, these floors were usually hand scraped, scrubbed with sand, stained and polished. This style of flooring required skilled craftsman and painstaking hard labor. These kinds of hardwood floors were only found in the homes of Royalty and most affluent of that time. It wasn’t uncommon for lower classes to use imitating floors by painting flooring planks with various designs.

In the early 19th century more and more Parquet patterns began to appear, yet still only in the homes of rich. There were different types of patterns for the panels that make up a luxury wood parquet floor.

Finally, the industrial age brought machinery for the finer milling of lumber. The development of steam and electric power during this period led to growth in the need for better housing and subsequent demand for even more wood flooring material. Oak quickly became the species of choice due to cost, availability, easy machining, beauty and strength. With the expanding request and vast increase in countries commerce, the use of different domestic hardwoods, as well as exotic imported species, began to quickly develop.

The hardwood flooring industry similar to the one we know today began just before the turn of the 20th century. In 1885, the side-matcher was developed. Creating flooring with a tongue on one long side and a groove on the other. This allowed wood floors to be blind-nailed, which provided a more elegant look free from visible nails.  

The technology quickly progressed, bringing better and better milling options and providing easier installation. Then the main center of heating system was introduced and began wreaking havoc with hardwood floors.

What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood? Which one is better?

Engineered hardwoods are still made from real wood, but the planks are created by layering wood veneers. The layers under the top may or may not be the same type of wood as the wood that’s visible from the top. As it sounds, planks of solid hardwood are solid pieces of wood. Solid wood can be used in any room that is above ground. As with other home finishing choices, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Follow us in further posts.

Keywords:
Solid Hardwood Flooring EFS Solid Hardwood Solid Hardwood in Mckinney Solid Hardwood in Farmersville Solid Hardwood Remodeling Solid Hardwood in Little Elm Solid Hardwood in Rowlett Solid Hardwood in Farmers Branch Solid Hardwood in Allen Solid Hardwood Flooring Solid Hardwood in Richardson Solid Hardwood

Last Articles

: 8/19/2019
Laminate Flooring: Pros and Cons That Help You Decide

Laminate Flooring: Pros and Cons That Help You Decide

Pros, Cons and Costs of Laminate Flooring (part 3)

 

Laminate, which is known as laminate parquet on the market, is a type of flooring that is made of several layers of compressed wood and against parquet, it is not manufactured directly from wood. However, its outer surface is designed the same as wood plot. Laminate is one of the most popular types of flooring and has advantages over wooden parquet making it one of the best choices to cover the floor. The advantages of laminate to point out are the easy installation, lower price and more water resistance. so for more information be with us in EFS Flooring America.

: 8/15/2019
Advantages and Disadvantages of Flooring Laminate

Advantages and Disadvantages of Flooring Laminate

Texas Flooring Laminate Gallery (part 2)

Laminate, which is known as laminate parquet on the market, is a type of flooring that is made of several layers of compressed wood and against parquet, it is not manufactured directly from wood. However, its outer surface is designed the same as wood plot. Laminate is one of the most popular types of flooring and has advantages over wooden parquet making it one of the best choices to cover the floor. The advantages of laminate to point out are the easy installation, lower price and more water resistance. so for more information be with us in EFS Flooring America.

 

: 8/14/2019
What is laminate? (laminate parquet)

What is laminate? (laminate parquet)

flooring and laminate installation

 

Laminate, which is known as laminate parquet on the market, is a type of flooring that is made of several layers of compressed wood and against parquet, it is not manufactured directly from wood. However, its outer surface is designed the same as wood plot. Laminate is one of the most popular types of flooring and has advantages over wooden parquet making it one of the best choices to cover the floor. The advantages of laminate to point out are the easy installation, lower price and more water resistance. so for more information be with us in EFS Flooring America.

 
 
 

Schedule Your Free In-Home
Consultation & Estimate