Nothing can beat the beauty of hardwood floors.
Hardwood FloorsAlthough they may look pretty much identical to the naked eye, solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood are quite different. Before you decide which option you want to install in your home, allow us to help you decide which one will be best for your lifestyle.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is a time-tested choice for flooring. Each plank of flooring is a solid, single piece of wood. These floors will look fabulous for decades, since they are uniform throughout. To restore a scratched floor to its former glory, one simply has to sand the floor and refinish. A plank of solid hardwood is usually 3/4 inch thick.
Solid hardwoods react like any other piece of wood when it comes to moisture, temperature, and humidity. This means that they will expand and contract when the temperature changes or when the humidity changes. For this reason, builders typically leave gaps next to the walls to keep the wood floor from buckling with temperature changes. These gaps are covered by particular kinds of baseboards. Additionally, solid hardwood floors should only be installed in places that are on the ground floor or above, since basement dampness and cool temperatures can damage the wood.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Rather than being a solid plank of wood, engineered hardwood flooring consists of a thin veneer of wood bonded to several under-layers of plywood. Because of its unique design, an engineered hardwood floor is more durable and will not expand or contract due to temperature changes and humidity changes. This means that these kinds of floors will work for applications where a conventional hardwood floor will not be practical, such as in basements or other areas that experience dampness, moisture, or frequent temperature changes. Of course, even engineered hardwoods can't remain intact with water standing on it, so places like bathrooms or entries may need a different flooring choice.
The main drawback of engineered hardwood flooring is that it cannot be refinished as often as a solid wood floor, since the layer of veneer may eventually be worn away. However, much depends on the thickness of the veneer. Many floors, especially those with a thicker veneer may last as long as a solid plank floor.
Whatever your flooring needs, we have the expertise and customer service you desire. If you have been considering installing solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors in your home, we can help you have the floors you have always dreamed about.