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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood 

Here at United Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your local hardwood flooring experts. With unmatched experience in flooring, we can help make your hardwood dreams come true. The first thing to learn about hardwood is that there are two types, solid and engineered. It is crucial you understand their similarities and differences before jumping in. After all, you wouldn’t want to invest money on a floor that doesn’t fit your lifestyle!

 

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Hardwood floor is constructed with several layers. The top layer is solid hardwood, which emphasizes the beauty and character of the natural wood. It is treated with a top coat to make the flooring resistant to scuffs, scratches, and wear. The layers underneath are made of wood veneers, and while they do expand and contract, they don’t tend to do so as much as solid hardwood. Due to the layering, engineered hardwood is stable and holds up well to traffic. Homeowners especially enjoy that engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including the basement. 

Solid Hardwood 

Solid hardwood is the original flooring choice among homeowners. With its organic, simple construction, using solid hardwood was a resourceful way to get long-lasting floors for a home. Today, solid wood floors are still desired by many. Solid wood floors flaunt charming wood details like knots and mineral streaks and are adaptable to any style trend. While solid wood does add value to your home, this type of floor cannot be installed in every room. Solid hardwood planks expand and contract, and are not resistant to moisture, which is why they should not be installed below ground level or in kitchens or bathrooms. 

 

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