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Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?

Thompson’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Porterville is your locally owned flooring retailer and hardwood flooring expert. Our job is to make your floor buying experience easier. When it comes to choosing a hardwood floor, we offer two constructions including solid and engineered. Our flooring professionals are hardwood experts, and can help you find the best hardwood floor for your home. Your lifestyle can have an impact on the type of hardwood construction you’ll need in your home. Continue reading below to learn more. 

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is more modern type of hardwood construction. The planks are made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers. This layered construction helps to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity. The layering also creates stability so the planks and handle daily activity. Engineered and solid planks look the same from the surface because engineered planks feature a top layer of premium wood. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.   

Solid Hardwood Flooring 

Solid hardwood planks are considered the original hardwood option. The simplistic construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but it is limited in where you can install it. Solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.

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