Do you want something that will add to
the value of your home? Does that add class and elegance to your
floors? Something that will last for years and even decades to come?
Then hardwood is your only option.
Hardwood flooring comes in two types:
solid and engineered--the solid hardwood floors have the same
thickness of planks throughout the flooring. They are pretty
straightforward. On the other hand, the engineered hardwood floors
are different. There is a veneer of the desired hardwood on top.
Underneath is three pieces of wood that are fixed together with resin
in a cross-hatch pattern. This adds stability to the floor. The
pieces fit together in a click-and-lock way. Engineered hardwood can
be installed in places where solid hardwood wouldn't be advisable,
like basements. Basements tend to have a higher moisture content than
usual so that a solid hardwood floor would warp quickly. Engineered
hardwood can also be refinished one or two times before needing
With a solid hardwood floor, you have a
wide selection of staining available. Usually, the sanding, sealing,
and staining occurs at the job site. It can also happen at the
factory. With engineered wood, you have fewer options for staining as
it is done at the factory and shipped out to you. However, there is
less time involved with engineered hardwood installation. With
engineered hardwood, you can mix and match the wood for your floors.
How does it look? It looks amazing!
Hardwood floors come in various species, colors, shapes, and styles,
with the most popular species are cherry, oak, walnut, hickory, and
maple. The overall look of a hardwood floor comes from the grain of
the species of wood.