Solid and Engineered Hardwood

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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

At Sterling Carpet One Floor & Home we are here to make the floor buying process easy for you. We know you have a lot of options to choose form when it comes to hardwood. There are several different types of species, colors, and types you can pick from. Most commonly, solid and engineered are two type of hardwood you can choose from. Rustic River is one of our Carpet One exclusive brands that feature both engineered and solid options. Below we have provided useful information that explains what each type of hardwood is and how they perform, so you can make an educated decision when you come into our Grand Forks showroom.

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What Is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is often referred to as the original hardwood option. Solid hardwood is comprised of a single plank of wood, usually 3/4” thick. The benefits of having solid hardwood include noise reduction as well as the ability to refinish the surface multiple times. Refinishing your solid hardwood floors is important because it helps maintain their life cycle, and you can stay more on top of trends.

Solid hardwood is best installed in rooms with lower foot traffic. Although solid hardwood is durable, it lacks dimensional stability. We recommend installing solid hardwood in places like your living room or bedroom. Be aware to keep solid hardwood away from areas with high moisture.

What Is Engineered Hardwood?

When looked at from the surface solid and engineered hardwood looks the same. Go below the surface and they are constructed much differently. Engineered hardwood is composed of 3 to 7 layers of wood veneered with a real wood surface. The veneers are cross-pressed together, and the grains run in opposite direction for increased dimensional stability. This counteracts woods tendency to react to changes in moisture and humidity.

Unlike solid hardwood, engineered can only be refinished once or twice in its lifetime. You can install engineered hardwood anywhere in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

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