What Are the Types of Hardwood?
Choosing a new hardwood floor for your home does not have to be confusing. At Boatman Carpet One Floor & Home, our professionals are here to help you navigate our selection of styles and options. You have two choices when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. Living in a Southern Texas climate, we recommend our customers lean towards engineered hardwood, but we do still offer solid options as well in our showroom.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered and solid hardwood look no different from each other from the surface, but the construction underneath is what sets them apart. Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. This makes the floor more stable and able to handle more foot traffic and stops the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood.
Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, but still should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Engineered wood delivers the warmth and added value you expect from a hardwood floor, but is much more cross-functional. Places in your home that experience heavy traffic are great locations for engineered hardwood, and you can show off your floors to your guests without having to worry about accidental damage. Because of its multiple layers, engineered wood can be refinished like solid wood.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood is a traditional option in hardwood flooring, and its classic design allows the wood to show off its natural characteristics. Hardwood adds value to your home no matter the type. The simple, uniform construction comes in planks sizes that are usually ¾” thick. Although solid hardwood is beautiful, it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office.
To learn more about our engineered hardwood options, be sure to visit our Cypress showroom. We proudly serve the Houston area.
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