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What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood?

Floor Covering Brokers Carpet One Floor & Home can help you find the right hardwood floor for your home. Our staff knows hardwood and can help you choose between different options when it comes to style and type. When you shop with us you’ll have several options to choose from including solid and engineered options.

Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.



Benefits of Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is considered the original hardwood floor. It is made of a single piece of lumber that is usually ¾” thick. This simple construction means you can refinish solid hardwood to increase its life cycle in your home. Refinishing your hardwood floors also allows you to change the look of your floors in addition to reducing the appearance of scratches and gouges. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far at the tongue on the edge.


Solid hardwood floors are known to add value to their home. They have an unmatched characteristic that other flooring tries to replicate. Install solid hardwood in dry and relatively cool areas of your home such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space. Installation options include nail down and tongue and groove.




What is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is a modern option and is made up of several layers that are pressed together cross-grain generating a stable plank. This construction allows engineered floors to resist wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract due to changes in humidity. You can install engineered hardwood almost anywhere in your home, even in places with high traffic. It is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all. 


To see our solid and engineered hardwood collection, be sure to visit our showroom in Traverse City, MI. 

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