Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Hardwood flooring continues to be one of the most highly sought-after flooring options for homes. Hardwood is so popular because it can add style and value to any setting. At Carpet N' Drapes Carpet One Floor & Home in Jacksonville and Orange Park, we have one of the area's best selections of hardwood flooring options, including solid and engineered hardwood.

Let our hardwood experts help you learn more about the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.

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Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is considered the more traditional option because of its simple and uniform construction. Solid planks are made from a single strip of real wood and nothing else. The wood planks, which are typically 3/4" thick, are usually treated and finished for extra durability. Solid hardwood, because of its uniform construction, can typically be refinished multiple times. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding own the surface, removing any wear, and then reapplying hardwood finish for a good-as-new look.

For the most part, solid hardwood is only suitable for on-ground settings without significant moisture.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Nowadays, most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood flooring. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood features a special construction. The planks are made from strips of real wood that are cross-directly layered. As such, the wood grains run in different directions, and this actually counteracts wood's natural tendency to expand and contract. Engineered hardwood is therefore more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood flooring. But, because engineered hardwood is made from real wood, it looks exactly like solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood offers more versatility in terms of installation, as it can be installed below, on, or above ground. Also, engineered hardwood is suitable for areas where there is some, but not a lot, of moisture or humidity.

We recommend choosing engineered hardwood in our local climate, so be sure to visit our showrooms to learn more about our selection.

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