Handscraped Wood & Distressed Wood
Handscraped hardwood and Distressed hardwood are terms used to describe wood that has had more handcrafted treatment in the manufacturing process (scrapings) and distressing techniques that result in prefinished wood that has a log cabin country feel or "rustic" look. It is popular with those consumers that like a more traditional looking floor. And there are some manufacturers that have some very appealing product lines in this category. They are as follows:
When we speak about exotic hardwood we mean hardwood flooring species that are not native to the continental United States or Canada. The common species of hardwood found here are red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, hickory, and walnut. The exotic species are mostly from the tropics. Brazilian Cherry, Teak, Ipe, Santos Mahogany, Kempas, Merbau, Padauk, and Wenge are good examples. Most exotic species of hardwood have different properties than those that you find locally. To learn more about various species, try this link at American Hardwood Information Center. Here are a few links to manufacturers of exotics that make solid and engineered hardwood or bamboo:
Lock 'N'Fold Installations (Engineered)
A floating floor that is called "Lock N Fold" or something similar is a floor that is installed without glue or nails at all. The tongue and grooves of the wood pieces are snapped and locked together in place. These floors are the easiest and quickest to install (no nails , staples, or glue). Laminates are installed in the same manner. You just need an underlayment (see above) from the manufacturer and let us a Deluxe do the installation.