Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

We take the confusion out of choosing a new hardwood floor for your home. At National Carpet One Floor & Home in Forrest City, 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. As your local hardwood experts, we can help you determine which type of hardwood flooring would be best for your home. Engineered and solid hardwood look no different from the surface, but the way they are constructed underneath makes all the difference between these two options.

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. The layered construction allows the wood to resist the natural tendency to expand and contract, and also makes the planks more stable and able to handle traffic and 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. You can install engineered hardwood on all levels of your home, including a finished basement.

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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