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Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Floors in Lady Lake, FL


Hardwood flooring is a worthwhile investment. It is a classic and timeless choice that is expected to last a home’s lifetime. Just like your home, hardwood only develops more character with time. Hardwood can really enhance the look of any room. Plus, it is durable, stands up well to foot traffic and is resilient. Since hardwood is available to be harvested from a number of different species, we have a wide selection of products in various colors, shades, finishes and grains. However, one of the biggest factors to keep in consideration when shopping for flooring is the type of flooring that would best fit your needs. It’s time to consider whether engineered hardwood or solid hardwood is the hardwood for you. We are here to help with any questions you may have about the differences. Read more to learn some of the major factors!


Solid Hardwood:

Solid hardwood is what it sounds like; the solid pieces of wood that come from a tree in their natural form. There are pros and cons to solid hardwood, just like there are with engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood consists of planks that vary in length. The standard width for hardwood is 2 ½’ wide, and the thickness is usually ¾’. However, new styles are emerging with larger widths. Hardwood planks are cut with grooved edges, which ensures a tight fit during installation. Keep in mind that hardwood does not react well to moisture. It can bend, warp and buckle as a result of taking in moisture, so it is better to install hardwood in living rooms or dining rooms rather than basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms!


Engineered Hardwood:

While engineered hardwood is still considered hardwood, it comes with a few tweaks. Instead of being made from one solid plank, engineered hardwood is made from fusing three to five layers of wood together in a cross grain pattern. This cross-lamination ensures maximum strength. Because there are multiple layers in each piece of engineered hardwood, only the top layer needs to be the same species. This cuts the cost of hardwood since the bottom layers can be made from more common wood and only the top thin layer is made from a special species.


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