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Wood flooring is one of the flooring types that Contract magazine features to our audience of professional architects and interior designers. As opposed to wood grain-patterned resilient flooring such as luxury vinyl tile, natural wood flooring is made from real trees. Wood floors are often a great choice for architects and interior designers working on a historic restoration or adaptive reuse project in a historic building, as well as many high-end hospitality projects where luxury is a priority. There are many wood flooring types available, including solid and engineered wood flooring, which will require different installation methods. Other special wood floor types include herringbone installations and parquet details. Popular hardwood types include maple, mahogany, hickory, cherry, ash, pine, oak, ipe, and cypress, which can also be dyed a number of different shades and have a variety of finishes to suit the project type.
A growing trend in design that is also good for the environment is to use reclaimed wood as flooring, which also can contribute to a building’s LEED certification. This wood is reclaimed from a source other than flooring, such as barn wood, which gives the product a unique look and coloration that references its history. Reclaimed hardwood is treated and sealed to be suitable as flooring. The Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible forest management, certifies many wood flooring manufactures and suppliers. Contract is dedicated to featuring quality wood flooring companies, as well as staying up-to-date on product sustainability issues.