Solid and Engineered Hardwood

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Improve the look, durability, and value of your home with hardwood

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Hardwood flooring enhances the décor of any room by providing timeless beauty that will increase in value throughout the years. Warm, both visually and to the touch, wood flooring comes in many species, plank widths, stains and finishes to fit your unique lifestyle and practical needs.

Learn more about the types of hardwood flooring and what you should take into consideration when choosing this type of flooring for your home.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood is often milled from a single 3/4″ thick piece of hardwood. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.

Pros

• Warm and natural atmosphere
• Never goes out of fashion
• Durable 
• Easy to maintain
• Can be sanded and re-finished when worn
• One of the most versatile flooring choices available
• Natural, renewable and recyclable resources
• With oiled floors, a sanding and a coat of mineral oil will hide scratches

Cons
• Dirt can accumulate in too-wide joints between boards
• Cannot be installed in basements or on concrete
• Not suitable for damp areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms
• Not recommended for people with big dogs and/or young children
• Scratches easily
• Humidity levels have to be controlled

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered wood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Pros
• More dimensionally stable than solid hardwood; therefore, it can be installed in basement
• Sold prefinished
• Can be glued or clicked into place over concrete using an acoustic underlayment
• Easy to maintain
• Can be re-finished using a screen-meshing technique
• One of the most versatile flooring choices available
• Natural, renewable and recyclable resources

Cons
• Can be less durable than hardwood
• Cannot be sanded more than twice

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Before deciding on Solid or Engineered hardwood flooring, consider these factors: Location, Location, Location

The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

- On Grade – at ground level
- Above Grade – any second level or higher
- Below Grade – any floor below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms.

Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well suited for below-grade installations, because of the possibility of moisture issues. The construction of an engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability that allows it to be installed at any grade level when a moisture barrier such as Selitac Thermally Insulating Underlayment or Silent Step Ultra 3 in 1 is used during installation.

What type of subfloor do you have?

If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or Engineered flooring may be used over plywood, existing wood floors, or OSB subfloors. Be sure to refer to the manufacturers’ guidelines for specifics on subfloor requirements.

Will there be moisture in the room?

If you are considering flooring for a bathroom where continuous moisture is expected, you will want to select a product other than hardwood. While the moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms below grade or ground level when installed with a moisture barrier, it is not advisable to install any hardwood flooring in a bathroom.

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