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Also called strip flooring, tongue-and-groove flooring is commonly made of solid oak, fir, or maple. It is also available in pine, cherry, and other "species." Some companies offer veneer tongue-and-groove flooring, with a 1/4-inch-thick hardwood surface laminated on top of pressed wood or plywood.
Classic hardwood flooring is 3/4-inch thick, but 3/8-inch-thick versions have been around for many years. Once laid, solid hardwood requires a good deal of work before it is ready to walk on: It must be sanded smooth with a flooring sander (three sandings are usually needed), then stained, then covered with a coat of protective sealer, such as polyurethane. Some hardwood flooring - both veneer and solid -- comes pre-finished, so it is ready to walk on as soon as it is laid.
A few tips: Strip flooring usually comes in random lengths. To ensure a pleasing appearance, make sure that no adjacent joints -- or joints that are separated by only one board -- are less than 1-1/2 inches apart. Nail the flooring down using a rented pneumatic flooring nailer, which drives nails at an angle through the tongue, so that nail heads are hidden.
Standard oak flooring is 2-1/4 inches wide; maple flooring is 1-1/2 inches wide. Softwood flooring -- commonly, pine or fir -- is often wider.