Solid vs Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood Flooring Options

When it comes to hardwood, you have two main options to choose from including solid and engineered. Solid hardwood is the more traditional hardwood wood option while engineered hardwood is newer and more modern.

Below we have broken down the major differences between the two, but to learn more and to see the differences, visit our Johnson Carpet One Floor & Home showroom in Grandville, MI. We have a great selection of hardwood brands.

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Solid Hardwood Flooring

More common in older homes, solid hardwood is the traditional wood flooring option. Solid has a uniform construction, and is made from a solid strip of wood. Planks normally come ¾” thick, giving you the ability to have them refinished. Refinishing solid hardwood floors is important because not only can you buff out and nicks or gouges, but you also extend the lifecycle of your floors.

Solid hardwood is best installed in rooms above and on grade. That means you can install them in rooms like bedrooms and even living rooms.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is becoming a more popular option in homes today. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is made of multiple layers that are pressed together cross-directionally. Since the wood grains run in different directions, the planks have more stability, and they will not expand or contract due to changes in humidity.

Seeing as engineered hardwood is more stable, you can install it on all levels of your home. Ideally engineered hardwood can be installed in bedrooms, as well as kitchens, or even hallways.

Before installing any type of hardwood, you'll want your subfloors to be tested for any type of moisture. Hardwood is the most susceptible to damage when the subfloors are too damp and the wood absorbs the moisture. We specialize in subfloor moisture testing, ask one of our sales professionals about having your home tested. 

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