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Which is Better: Solid or Engineered Hardwood?

Hardwood flooring is a pretty common flooring option for most homes today. Not only does it bring natural beauty into your home, but it also adds value as well. Not all hardwood is made the same though. At Harms Carpet One Floor & Home we make sure you know what you are buying. Continue to read below the different hardwood options, solid and engineered.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Most commonly homeowners assume all hardwood is solid. Solid hardwood flooring is a uniform construction featuring a solid plank made of a single strip of wood. Solid hardwood planks are thick enough to be refinished multiple times so your floors stay looking newer for longer. Most solid planks come in ¾” to 1” thickness.

The best places to install solid hardwood flooring would be on and above level in your home. That includes bedrooms, living rooms, and dens.

Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring Better?

Engineered hardwood floors are not a uniform construction. They are made of multiple layers of plywood with real wood planks on the bottom and surface that are cross-pressed for added stability. It also combats wood’s natural tendency to expand or contract. Because they have thinner layers, engineered hardwood floors cannot be refinished multiple times.

Since engineered floors are sturdier, you can install them in more places in your home than solid hardwood. This means they can handle being installed in hallways, finished basements, even kitchens. 

To learn more about solid and engineered hardwood, contact Harms Carpet One Floor & Home or visit our showroom in Maumee, OH.

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