Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Aggieland Carpet One Floor & Home in College Station is your locally owned flooring retailer. You can come to us as your local hardwood flooring experts. Choosing a new hardwood floor for your home is easy with us. 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. The type of hardwood construction you choose can be impacted on the needs of your home, as well as your life style at home. Continue reading below to learn more.

traditional hardwood

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Contrary to popular belief, engineered planks are in fact made of real wood. The planks are made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers. The layering concept helps to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity. The layering also creates stability, which helps engineered planks to stand up in areas that see moderate traffic and withstand more moisture than solid hardwood. From the surface engineered and solid planks look the same because engineered planks use a premium layer of wood on the surface. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.  

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Traditional hardwood flooring is associated with solid planks. These planks feature a simple construction of a single piece of wood. This allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand 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 life in your home.

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.

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