When shopping for hardwood floors it’s important to understand the different options available. One thing to consider is weather you want engineered or solid wood flooring. Both options will add value to your home, and they both come in a variety of species, stains and styles. Let’s explore these options.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Each engineered flooring plank is typically 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick. They are slightly thinner than solid hardwood flooring. The planks have a solid wood top and bottom layer. 5-7 layers of plywood create a highly stable center core. This means it’s less likely to expand, contract, or shift with moisture, humidity, and temperature. It is ideal for basements, concrete floors, or areas with radiant heating systems. The downside is homeowners may notice a hollow feel/sound under-foot. Installers use staples, glue or float to install engineered flooring. Some varieties have a thicker top that allows for limited sanding and refinishing, but typically this isn’t an option. You will find that engineered flooring is less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Each solid flooring plank is typically 3/4″ thick. The planks are 100% solid wood. This means they are the most timeless, durable, and reliable option to withstand the test of time. It is ideal for first and second floors (living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms). Homeowners can feel the quality and stability of these floors under-foot. Installers use nails to install solid hardwood floors. You can sand and refinish solid wood multiples times. There are many color choices, plank widths, and textures available. Your floors resistance depends on the protective finish and species you choose. If you are looking for a lifetime of beauty, solid hardwood flooring is your best bet. You will find that a solid wood investment will provide a lifetime of beauty and value to your home.

Want to learn more about solid wood flooring? Visit our Prefinished vs. Unfinished article for more detailed information.

Both engineered and hardwood flooring options have benefits. The decision depends on your needs, home, and budget. These are all options you can discuss with your Wood Floors By Design specialist. Call today and get answers to all your questions!

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