Hardwood flooring can last for decades if properly maintained, so of course you want to me be sure you are choosing the right floors for your Southport home. While considering your options, you’ll be faced with the choice between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors, so here’s a quick primer on the differences between the two:
A solid hardwood plank comes from a single tree. By relying on the natural strength of evolutionary design, the planks can withstand a lot of wear and tear. The natural designs also exhibit unique patterns on their exterior that are created by the shifts in the wood’s growing patterns. They absorb far more moisture than engineered hardwood or tiling, making them a poor choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other areas that are prone to getting wet or humid. Heat and moisture can also cause solid hardwood to expand or contract, an issue which must be accounted for during installation. Despite this, solid hardwood floors can endure for generations.
Engineered hardwood is a processed wood product that is made from either a hardwood or plywood core covered by a veneer. Although engineered hardwood is a man-made product, it tends to come in fewer varieties than natural hardwood since it depends on the options offered by the manufacturer. Since engineered wood is usually pre-finished and has a thinner outer layer, it will wear down more quickly than solid hardwood if sanded. However, the advantage of engineered hardwood flooring is that it is more stable, so it is less likely to expand and contract than solid wood. This makes it easier and simpler to install.
Schedule a free consultation or visit our showroom to learn more about solid and engineered hardwood flooring for your Southport home. Our Floor Coverings International Shallotte experts can’t wait to help you find the perfect floors for your space!
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