Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Alpine Carpet One Floor & Home is your local hardwood retailer. From a variety of hardwood flooring options to our in-store flooring professionals, we specialize in making your hardwood dreams come true. There are two types of hardwood construction, solid and engineered. Whether you know what you want or are looking to learn more, we can help you get your project going.

 

Benefits of Engineered hardwood

The benefits of engineered hardwood include wear and humidity resistance, charming style, and stability. Engineered hardwood is constructed using five to seven layers of real wood. The layers underneath are pressed together which make for a sturdy, stable floor against walking and heavy activity. The layers are also less sensitive to changes in humidity and the weather. The topmost layer of engineered hardwood is a layer of real, milled wood. This makes for a wood floor that has the allure of solid hardwood with the added resistance of many layers. Engineered hardwood can be installed in areas of the home where solid hardwood cannot. For example, basements and attics are rooms where engineered hardwood can be installed, while solid hardwood cannot be exposed to areas with even a small amount of moisture. Engineered wood can also be installed in any area of the home where solid hardwood can be installed, such as living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, stairs, and playrooms.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring has many benefits. Some of these benefits include authentic style, added real estate value, and refinishing after wear. Solid hardwood is constructed out of milled trees. There are domestic and exotic species of trees, and hardwood is no different. Solid hardwood is milled out of these trees, showcasing the natural beauty of the wood on top. Since wood has a high moisture content, solid hardwood -- even though it is dried before it is installed in your home, does continue to expand and contract with changes in humidity. When people see solid hardwood in a house, they know that it’s the real deal. This type of floor adds real estate value to homes, and because it can be refinished many times, people know that it lasts. Often, even when hardwood is looking dull or worn, it can be refinished and made to look like new again. While solid hardwood cannot be installed in high-moisture rooms or below-grade, it can be installed in living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, dens, and offices.

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