Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

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Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring

Franeys Carpet One Floor & Home in Visalia is your locally owned flooring store and source for quality hardwood flooring. Choosing a hardwood floor for your California home does not have to stressful, we can help you find the best type of hardwood for your home and lifestyle. Hardwood comes in many different styles and selections, but only comes in two types of constructions. Our showroom features a collection of solid and engineered hardwood floors for you to choose.

Expert Advice - Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

What are the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood? Join our very own Jim Aaron, VP of Merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home, for some inside information on the different hardwood flooring options.

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

There is sometimes a misconception that engineered hardwood is not real wood. That is definitely not the case. Engineered hardwood is made up of 3 to 7 layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain, and a top layer of premium hardwood. The layered construction of engineered hardwood makes it more stable than solid wood, and resists the natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to changes in humidity.

Engineered hardwood comes in the same styles and species as most solid wood options. It can also be refinished like solid hardwood, depending on how thick the top layer is. You can install engineered hardwood almost anywhere in your home, even in places with a lot of foot traffic. Engineered hardwood is durable and can handle most messes, and is less likely to react to moisture caused by spills. It is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all. 

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is considered the traditional hardwood option. Solid hardwood features a simple construction and is made of a single piece of lumber that is usually ¾” thick. A benefit of solid hardwood is the ability to have it refinished. When you refinish a solid hardwood floor, you are not just extending its life cycle but you can also change the finish. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far at the tongue on the edge.

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