Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Hosner Carpet One Floor & Home in Canton is your local flooring retailer and we can help you find the perfect hardwood floor for your home. Our staff are experts when it comes to hardwood, and can help you choose between the different options when it comes to style and type. Our showroom features a collection of solid and engineered hardwood floors that come in a variety of styles and finishes for you to choose.

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Benefits of Solid Hardwood

The simple construction of solid hardwood is one reason why it is considered the traditional hardwood option. It is made of a single piece of lumber that is typically ¾” thick. Solid hardwood has many benefits like being able to be refinished. When you refinish a solid hardwood floor, you are not just extending its life cycle. You can also change the look of your floors by changing the finish to something lighter or darker. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far at the tongue on the edge of the plank. Whether the planks are beveled too can play a role in whether the floors can be refinished and how many times.

Solid hardwood features characteristics that no other flooring can replicate. These planks have wonderful variation and you can barely ever notice a repeating pattern. They also add value where other flooring options cannot. Solid hardwood needs to be installed in 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 flooring features a modern layered construction. It is made up of several layers that are pressed together cross-grain, which results in increased stability of the plank. It also works 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. 

You can find out more about this type of hardwood flooring and its benefits on our engineered hardwood page.

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