What Are the Types of Hardwood?
McCrorie Carpet One Floor & Home is your local hardwood flooring expert. We are here to make finding a new hardwood floor for your home easy. There are two different hardwood constructions, solid and engineered. We will help you to determine if your home is well suited for hardwood and where you can have it installed to ensure it was last. Factors such as your lifestyle can even have an impact on the type of hardwood you should have installed. Continue reading below to learn more.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Contrary to popular belief, engineered hardwood is nothing like laminate. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of 3 to 7 layers of real wood veneers and a surface layer of premium wood. This layering has a few important functions such as creating stability within the plank, and also helping with resisting the natural tendency of wood to expand or contract due to changes in humidity. Engineered planks are designed to handle active households with children and pets. The surface resists scratching and scuffing and can also be refinished.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood is referred to as the original hardwood option. It is actually one of the first flooring options for homes. The simplistic construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home. As beautiful and durable as it is, solid wood is limited to where it can be installed. 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. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.