Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood Flooring?

Foote Bros. Carpet One Floor & Home in Gadsden and Anniston is your neighborhood expert when it comes to hardwood flooring. We make choosing a new hardwood floor for your home easy. You have two options when it comes to hardwood construction, solid and engineered. Your lifestyle can have an impact on the type of hardwood construction your home requires. Before committing to inventing in hardwood, it is a good idea to make sure your home would be well suited for this type of flooring.

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Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Contrary to old belief, engineered hardwood is made up of real hardwood. These planks feature 3 to 7 layers of premium wood that are laid cross-grain. This layered construction helps to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity, and also helps to create stability. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.  

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Traditional hardwood flooring is associated with solid planks. The simple construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.

Expert Advice - Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

What are the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood? Join our very own Jim Aaron, VP of Merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home, for some inside information on the different hardwood flooring options.

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