The woods most commonly used to create floors include beech, red oak, maple, walnut, white oak, birch, and ash. Have you even wondered how your wood floor near Middletown, NY was made? If so, then watch this video to get a look at how hardwood flooring is manufactured.
Once the wood arrives from the sawmill, it is placed onto racks, which are stacked floor to ceiling inside of an enormous dryer. Most wood comes in with about 40% moisture content and is removed from the dryer once this goes down to about 7%, which can take anywhere from 10 to 30 days.
Next, the planks are cut down to standard sizes, checked for weak points, and then given tongues and grooves on the sides and ends. Finally, the wood flooring is sorted by grade, sanded, stained, and varnished.