Everyone loves wood floors. They add elegance, warmth, and charm and even increase property values.
Everyone doesn't know that there are two hardwood flooring versions, solid and engineered. They both look similar but have construction that makes them behave very differently.
About solid wood
This is, as it sounds, one thickness throughout. Wood floors come from species like oak, maple, or hickory domestics. Or an exotic, like the flaming red Brazilian cherry.
Solid wood has been known to last up to 100 years and can be refinished, sanded, and restrained. Installation is the traditional tongue and groove/nail down.
Solid hardwood flooring, like all wood, can be damaged by excess water and moisture. If spills are wiped immediately, they can result in cupping, crown, and warping.
It also moves to adjust to weather and is somewhat limited in installation possibilities. For example, it's not recommended for below-grade areas.
Engineered: more stable, better able to handle water
You'll still have oak, maple, or hickory floors with undertones, knots, and swirls. Underneath, however, is a cross-ply construction and a little resin.
Here, we’ll point out that the best thing is to come into our showroom when shopping for wood flooring in Wellington, FL. You'll see engineered and solid wood from brands like Chesapeake, Cali Bamboo, and more.
More installation possibilities
Engineered hardwood flooring is less prone to warping. It also allows it to be installed in higher-than-normal moisture areas, such as below-grade areas.
Like solid, it can be refinished, sanded, and adds value to a property. In addition, it will last up to 50 years.
Engineered wood floors might be a little less expensive too. This, considering it can be glued, nailed, or even installed as a floating floor.
Your source of wood flooring in Wellington, FL
Floor Specialists is a family-operated company with decades of experience. Our complimentary in-home design consultation will help you plan a beautiful interior around hardwood flooring.
Visit our showroom today in Wellington, FL. You'll be glad you came in. We work with homeowners and businesses in Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Boca Raton, FL.