Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

At Masterpiece Carpet One Floor & Home in Kalispell, we are your local hardwood flooring experts. We make choosing a hardwood floor easy for you. 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.

engineered hardwood

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is made of 100% wood product. The planks are made up of three to seven layers of wood veneers and topped with a premium piece of wood on the surface. This layering helps 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. They 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 and is durable and reliable. 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 to ensure it lasts a long time in your home. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its lifecycle 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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