If you are thinking of installing hardwood floors in your home, one thing you’ll have to decide is if you want solid or engineered hardwood. Both are made from real wood, and after installation, there are no obvious differences in appearance. The main difference lies in construction and what that construction means for the hardwood’s long-term durability.
With hundreds of wood species to choose from, solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of lumber. It is generally 3/4 inches thick, but can come in various thicknesses. It is not recommended to install on floors below ground level because it reacts to changes in moisture and temperature. Solid hardwood is easier to repair, as it can be sanded down and refinished multiple times without losing structural integrity. Although it generally tends to be more expensive, solid hardwood is more durable and has a greater longevity.
Engineered hardwood is constructed from multiple layers of wood fused together under heat and pressure. Unlike solid hardwood, you can install it in your basement because it is less likely to warp or gap from changes in moisture and temperature. It is made with enhanced stability and is slightly more resistant to everyday wear and tear. Although engineered hardwood varies in quality and price, it is generally less expensive than solid hardwood.
Both types of hardwood will increase the resale value of your home. Like solid hardwood, there are many wood species available in engineered varieties. Although solid hardwood has a greater longevity, both types of flooring will last a long time and stand up well against everyday use. Whichever option you choose, wood floors are sure to bring warmth and beauty to your home.
If you have questions about which type is best for you, contact Floor Coverings International Northshore to schedule your free design consultation. We are your local flooring experts in the North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler area. We’ll bring samples to your door so you can see how the different types of floors look in your home. Call us today!
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