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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

What is the Best Type of Hardwood for You?

Hardwood flooring is beloved by many, but understanding how hardwood works is an essential step in every successful installation. Solid and engineered hardwoods are nearly impossible to tell apart, but there are some critical distinctions to bear in mind.



Thompson’s Floor Covering Carpet One Floor & Home of Porterville is your local hardwood flooring expert. Our job is to make your floor buying experience more accessible. Our flooring professionals are hardwood specialists and can help you find the best hardwood 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 Solid Hardwood

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 installing 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.




Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is a more modern type of hardwood construction. The planks are made up of three to seven layers of natural 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 activities. 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 their lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements. 




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Would you like to find out more about our many solid and engineered hardwood selections? Please visit us soon at 591 W. Olive Avenue in Porterville, CA, or call us today.