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Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?

At Casey Carpet One Floor & Home in Amarillo and Lubbock we can help you navigate the often confusing world of hardwood flooring, allowing you to arrive at an informed decision that you and your family will admire and appreciate for decades to come. The decision to install hardwood flooring necessitates careful consideration and factors such as décor style, lifestyle, your room’s activity level, and location should all come into play. With two distinct families of hardwood flooring to contemplate, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood, knowledge is power when it’s time to choose suitable, yet stylish flooring. While the differences aren’t apparent to the naked eye, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface of these two distinctive flooring mediums, so you definitely won’t want to skip out on the information below as you work towards your ultimate decision.

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Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered carefully from fine, wooden veneers, these milled and manufactured floor planks are then bound together to form sturdy cross-grains. These layers play a vital role in your engineered hardwood floor’s ongoing endurance. Engineered planks won’t likely expand or contract due to humidity or other climate fluctuations. They can also hold their own against heavy or constant foot traffic, and are generally more affordable than their solid counterparts. An engineered hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished once or twice over its lifespan. Unlike solid hardwood, your engineered floor can be installed in all levels of your home.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is highly traditional and appeals to our inner historians. Carefully crafted from solid hanks of organic wood, solid flooring is undeniably beautiful and its appeal is widespread. Solid hardwood flooring, indeed, offers up heirloom potential and ongoing property value if properly installed, situated, and maintained. But not so fast: solid hardwood isn’t without its limits. It cannot be installed in spaces below grade, and isn’t recommended for kitchens and bathrooms, since it can buckle over time when exposed to heavy moisture. Still, solid hardwood beckons both beauty-seekers and style chameleons alike. It can be sanded and refinished for an infinite amount of times over its lifespan, and if carefully cared for, your great grandchildren might one day play on the floor you install today.

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