Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are the most desired and sought out type of flooring, providing the natural warmth & elegance of real wood. Hardwood floors are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and varieties – including both engineered and solid hardwood.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are the most desired and sought out type of flooring, providing the natural warmth & elegance of real wood. Hardwood floors are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and varieties – including both engineered and solid hardwood.

Types of hardwood

Types of hardwood

When selecting hardwood, you are essentially choosing between two types: Solid and Engineered.

Solid hardwood floors are made of solid pieces of wood that have been milled from a single piece of lumber.

Engineered hardwood is made up of several layers, with the top layer being made of solid wood, and the middle layers made of various materials – usually plywood or composite materials.

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood

  • One of the biggest advantages of engineered hardwood is that it can be installed virtually anywhere. This makes it an excellent option for individuals with spaces that are not suitable for regular hardwood, such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and condos.
  • Another benefit of engineered flooring is its ability to hold up to moisture. While regular hardwood shrinks and expands when exposed to humidity, engineered flooring is unaffected because it consists of several layers of wood that have been adhered together using intense heat and pressure. This means it will not warp or cup over time and there is no risk that the boards will gradually tighten or loosen.
  • Engineered flooring is also easier to install than solid hardwood floors. Since hardwood can shrink and expand over time, its installation requires extreme skill and precision. Conversely, engineered flooring is simpler to put in and can be installed using a variety of techniques, including gluing, stapling, nailing, and floating.

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood

Demure Collection

Advantages of Solid Hardwood

Regalia Collection

Advantages of Solid Hardwood

  • Although there are many different engineered flooring options to choose from, the species selection is not as vast as it is for regular hardwood because soft hardwoods such as pine are not suitable for engineered wood format.
  • Although engineered hardwood is incredibly durable, it is not as long lasting as regular solid hardwood because its surface is thin and it can become chipped or de-laminated over time.
  • Engineered hardwood can be refinished once or twice when it shows signs of wear; however, after that, the upper layer will begin to wear away. Conversely, solid hardwood can be sanded and resurfaced numerous times.
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