Wood floors come in many different sizes, and you need to know what that means.
It doesn't matter if you are installing a small area or a whole house with wood flooring. Understanding some basic things about wood flooring may save you some time and money. Wood flooring can be found in solid planks or engineered planks. Solid means it is the same wood throughout the plank and can be sanded multiple times over its life. Solid planks will also be limited to less than 5" width. They can either be installed using nails or adhesive.
An engineered plank is a wood veneer on a layered wood core. This allows the veneer to exceed a 5" width and with a variety of lengths. Some engineered woods may not be able to have the finish sanded and re-finished. It will depend on the quality of the product that is selected. They also will have to be installed using only adhesive and not nails.
When looking for wood flooring, you must ask a few questions to make sure you get what you want and need. It will also help you determine the hardness, color, style, finish, and installation method.