You may have already made your decision to install hardwood flooring, but it can be tough to know which type of hardwood flooring. Do you choose solid or engineered hardwood? Both options are fantastic routes and each has their own number of benefits. To make sure you are fully informed, our experts are here to give you a bit of information to make your decision easier.
Engineered hardwood is manufactured with many layers of hardwood. It is manufactured with heat and pressure, layering less expensive types of wood together. The very top layer, which can be less than 1/8 inch thick, is a hardwood plank, giving engineered hardwood the appearance of solid hardwood. Another benefit is how easy it is to maintain. Simply taking a broom and damp mop to clean up any dirt and spills. It’s also resistant to humidity and moisture, making it easy to install in almost any room, even a basement. One downside to consider is that the finish is almost always a factory finish. If you want to choose your own, engineered hardwood is not the way to go. In addition, many consider an added bonus to be that engineered hardwood flooring is more environmentally friendly than solid hardwood. This is a great route to go when you want a new floor, but also want to be kind to the earth.
Solid hardwood flooring is single pieces of timber that varies in thickness and width. The greatest advantage of solid hardwood is the fact that it can be sanded and refinished many times for years and years. This means that you can have the same solid hardwood flooring, refinishing it over and over again, for fifty plus years. Many 100-year-old homes have the original hardwood floor. Some may even argue that it’s more environmentally friendly than engineered because there aren’t any binding chemicals added to it, however, others will argue against that, stating that because it cuts down trees, it’s less environmentally friendly than other types of flooring in general. One downside to living in a humid area, such as Georgia, is that solid hardwood can noticeably expand and contract with changes in humidity, possibly warping the planks. This is a factor to be aware of when deciding what flooring is the best for your home.
Here at Floor Coverings International of Kennesaw, our experts are available to answer any and all of your flooring questions. We will jump at the chance to help you with your flooring needs! Call today to schedule a free in-home consultation.