Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
When it comes to hardwood flooring, Roger’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Carson City is your local expert. When choosing a hardwood floor, there are many factors to consider such as your climate, budget, and maintenance needs. Think about your lifestyle and levels of activity in your home. Do you have a lot of time to spend on sweeping or want to refinish your floors in the future? Our flooring professionals are experienced in hardwood. They can team up with you to find your ideal floor based on all of these factors.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is constructed with several layers of wood. The top layer is a layer of real wood, making engineered hardwood almost indistinguishable from solid hardwood. This top layer can come in many different species. Depending on the species, there may be more knots or character. The layers underneath are pressed together, which improves durability and adds the benefit of the floor being less prone to changes in humidity levels. The way engineered hardwood is constructed makes them ideal for high traffic areas and families with busy lives. Because this floor type is not one solid piece of wood, the price is also much lower. If you’re looking for a floor that looks just like hardwood without the price, engineered is a good option. Engineered hardwood is also acceptable for all levels of your home, unlike solid hardwood floors. It can be installed in basements, main floors, and upper levels, but is not recommended in bathrooms or kitchens.
Solid hardwood is constructed out of one solid piece of wood. It can come in many different species ranging in price, color, and character. Solid hardwood differs in texture and can vary in the number of knots and mineral streaks. Depending on your style, this can determine the species of hardwood floor you like best. While solid hardwood is not made of multiple layers, solid wood is a sturdy material and has been used for many years as the primary flooring type. Wood does tend to change by expanding and contracting when the weather changes, and there is no exception to the rule with hardwood floor. It is crucial that solid wood boards are installed correctly so that they do not buckle or warp in your home. There is usually a gap between the wall and first hardwood board so that they have room to change with the climate. Solid hardwood adds real estate value to your home and is something that home buyers like to see. While investing in hardwood can feel overwhelming, you can relax knowing that they can be refinished in the future. Solid hardwood is made to last and has for many years.