What Are the Types of Hardwood?
At Lorens Carpet One Floor & Home in Missoula, we are your local hardwood flooring experts. Our flooring professionals take the confusion out of buying a new floor for your home. There are two different hardwood constructions, solid and engineered. Our hardwood experts can explain the differences between the two and help you choose the best option for your home. From the surface, engineered and solid hardwood look the same, but the construction underneath is what matters most in your home.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Many homeowners misinterpret the word engineered to mean “not real” when in face engineered hardwood is made of real wood. Engineered planks are made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers. The planks are layered because it helps to combat the issue of wood expanding and contracting due to changes in moisture. The stability helps engineered planks to stand up in areas that see moderate traffic and withstand more moisture than solid hardwood. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood, and can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. You can install engineered floors on all levels of your home, even in a finished basement.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood planks are considered the original hardwood floor. The simple constructions allows for the wood’s natural character to stick out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but 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. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its lifecycle in your home.