Solid and Engineered Hardwood
There are two types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Both hardwood options can add style and value to your home, but you need to make sure you choose the appropriate one for your home setting. Fortunately, the experts at Wall to Wall Carpet One Floor & Home in Eau Claire are here to help you learn about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood.
Solid hardwood flooring is the more traditional option, as it has been installed in homes for decades. Solid planks feature a uniform construction since they are made from single strips of real wood and nothing else. Typically, the planks are 3/4" thick, so they can handle multiple refinishings. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding down and smoothing the surface to remove any wear and tear.
We recommend installing solid hardwood floors at ground level.
Whereas solid hardwood has a uniform construction, engineered hardwood is made from different layers of real wood. These wood layers are cross-directionally pressed together with a top layer of premium wood, so the wood grains run in different directions. This counteracts wood's natural tendency to expand and contract, so engineered hardwood planks are considered more dimensionally stable than solid planks. They are better-suited for high traffic settings, and they also handle some moisture.
Engineered hardwood can be installed below, on, and above ground, but we do not recommend installing it in areas with moisture or significant foot traffic.
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