Solid Hardwood Floors
The first type of hardwood that is available is solid hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood floors consist of planks of wood, exotic or domestic, that are completely solid. These planks are made from a single piece of hardwood and are usually around ¾’ thick and come in a range of widths. Because solid hardwood is so thick, it can be sanded down, refinished, and re-stained as many times as you want. Solid hardwood flooring is a good choice if you want the ability to make color changes, or are installing flooring in rooms that have controlled humidity and heat and will not have tough wear and tear on the hardwood. Hardwood will dent and scratch easily so be aware of this before you install.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered hardwoods are the second available type of hardwood flooring. With a core of hardwood or plywood that is then affixed with a top and bottom veneer, engineered hardwood planks are incredibly durable and versatile. Engineered hardwood is made with cross-ply construction to resist expansion and contraction from heat and humidity. This hardwood comes in planks or long strips and comes in a variety of widths to meet your design needs. Engineered hardwood can be installed on any type of subfloor and gives you a variety of installation options for any preferred look. Because engineered hardwoods are so much more durable than solid hardwood, you can install this flooring without worrying about scratches and dents. This floor is perfect for anyone who wants the beauty of hardwood without all the upkeep, or for people with children or pets. Pets’ claws and children’s toys can scratch hardwood, so if you truly want to have it all, engineered hardwood may be the choice for you.