Types of Hardwood Flooring
You probably know by now that hardwood is a tremendous option for flooring. Hardwood has a natural beauty that exudes warmth and character, and it even adds a certain personality to your room. At the same time, hardwood is extremely durable and long-lasting, and when finished, it is relatively easy to maintain and clean. There are two main hardwood types available: solid wood and engineered wood. Both types offer unique benefits, so it’s often difficult to choose the right one for your room and room design. Fortunately for you, we at Carpet One Floor & Home in Billings have years and years of hardwood experience, so we’re here to help!
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is the more traditional and more popular hardwood option. It is made from strips of genuine wood and nothing else; there is no special layering of different wood types or other materials. As a result, solid hardwood is never uniform, since the strips of wood all have unique grains, patterns, and even shades. So, if you want a truly one-of-a-kind floor, then solid hardwood is the best option. Even given the strength and durability of solid hardwood, it is not recommended in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas with moderate to high levels of moisture.
Because of its thick and uniform construction, solid hardwood flooring can usually be refinished multiple times. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding down the surface and then reapplying surface finish. What results is a hardwood floor that looks as good as new.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered hardwood is made only from wood, but it is not made from uniform strips. Instead, engineered hardwood is made of three to seven layers of wood that are cross-directionally pressed together with a top layer of premium hardwood. Because of its unique construction, engineered hardwood is actually more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. The layers of wood, since they run in different directions, counteract wood’s natural tendency to expand. Consequently, engineered hardwood is suitable in humid climates, below ground, and sometimes even in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
It's worth noting that most engineered hardwood floors can only be refinished once or twice. There are some options, however, that have thick top layers, so they can usually handle three to four refinishings.
Our Hardwood Selection
Visit our Billings, MT showrooms to learn even more about solid and engineered hardwood. Our experts will help you make the perfect selection to accommodate the design you have in mind. We carry Carpet One exclusives like Rustic River, as well as specialty brands such as National Hardwood, Hallmark Hardwood, Anderson, and Cascade.
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