Wood Flooring Beginner Guide: Buying Your Floor pt 2

Last blog, we covered some of overall keywords for a first time flooring buyer. We continue our exploration of the important terms to understand to make sure your first time buying experiences goes off without a hitch!

Tongue and groove flooring

Example of tongue and groove

1) Tongue and Groove-  This is a method of fitting similar objects together, edge to edge, used mainly with wood, in flooring, parquetry, paneling, and similar constructions. Tongue and groove joints allow two flat pieces to be joined strongly together to make a single flat surface.

end matched flooring

Example of end matched flooring

2) End Matching- In some plank flooring, the ends of individual pieces have a tongue milled on one end and a groove milled on the opposite end. This allows the individual strips or planks to fit nicely when they are butted together, the tongue of one piece engages the groove of the next piece. This is especially common in engineered flooring.

3) Board Foot A unit of volume measurement of lumber represented by a board 1 foot long, 12 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. This measurement is generally used for rough lumber or un-milled timbers. In practice, the board foot calculation for a piece of lumber is figured by multiplying the thickness in inches by the width in inches by the length in feet and then divide by 12. Things like beams are typically sold by the board foot.

4) Linear Foot- This a measurement used loosely to describe a one-foot length of any long, narrow object.1

5) Unfinished- A product which must be sanded and have finish and/or a stain applied after installation.

6) Heartwood The dense inner core of a tree trunk. In most wood, this is the most stable and durable part of the tree. In Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress, the heartwood is naturally rot and insect resistant.

Reclaimed antique lumber

Original forests that antique woods were cut from.

7) Antique Heart Pine and Antique Heart Cypress- This refers to virgin growth American materials either reclaimed from the demolition of 100-150 year old buildings or sinker logs that were lost during the original logging of the cypress swamps. Due to the age and dense heartwood of these materials, they exhibit the essential qualities of stability, durability and rich natural color.


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