In an age of mass-produced building and furnishing materials, true quality can seem hard to come-by. Solid American hardwood flooring, furniture, cabinetry and woodwork offer the potential for many generations of hard use because of its durability and quality. However, what may look at first like “solid” hardwood may indeed be something else. It’s important to be knowledgeable about the different “wood” options available to ensure you are choosing the most durable, long-lasting option.
means that each exposed part of the flooring, furniture, cabinetry or moulding is made of pieces of genuine hardwood and nothing else. (For large surfaces, strips or boards are bonded with stronger-than-wood glue and other wood joinery techniques.)
describes a type of construction composed of thin slices of hardwood bonded to composite board or plywood. This is sometimes described as “all wood.”
refers to surfaces of plastic, foil or paper, often printed with photographs of wood grain patterns, bonded to composites such as particle board or medium density fiberboard.