Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Choosing a new hardwood floor for your home does not have to be confusing. At Smith & Purvis Carpet One Floor & Home in Hammond, our professionals are here to help you navigate our selection of styles and options. You have two choices when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. Living in a humid climate here in Louisiana, we recommend our customers lean towards engineered hardwood, but we do still offer solid options as well in our showroom. From the surface, engineered and solid hardwood do not look much different from each other, but it is the construction under the surface that makes the difference.

Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. This layered construction makes the planks more stable, and able to resist to natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to changes in humidity. 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.

Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, but still should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Engineered wood delivers the warmth and added value you expect from a hardwood floor, but is much more cross-functional.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is a traditional option in hardwood flooring, and its classic design allows the wood to show off its natural characteristics. These planks feature a uniform construction comes in sizes that are usually ¾” thick. Solid hardwood is beautiful and adds 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.

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