Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood

Whitt Carpet One Floor & Home in Salem, VA can help you find the perfect hardwood floor for your home. Our staff knows hardwood and can help you choose between different options when it comes to style and type. When you shop with us you’ll have several options to choose from including solid and engineered options.

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Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is one of the traditional flooring options. It is made of a single piece of lumber that is usually ¾” thick. This simple construction means you can refinish solid hardwood. When you refinish a solid hardwood floor, you are not just extending its life cycle, but you can also change the look of your floors in addition to reducing the appearance of scratches and gouges. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far at the tongue on the edge.

Solid hardwood characteristics are difficult to replicate, and they add value where other flooring options cannot. Install solid hardwood in dry and relatively cool areas of your home such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space. Installation options include nail down and tongue and groove.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is a modern option and is made up of several layers that are pressed together cross-grain which in turn creates stabilization. This construction also resists wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract due to changes in humidity. You can install engineered hardwood almost anywhere in your home, even in places with high traffic. It is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all.

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