Solid hardwood flooring is no doubt a classic that stands the test of time. It’s been used for centuries. In fact, homes that are over 100 years of age can still have their original hardwood floors. Though they’re economical, synthetic flooring types like luxury vinyl flooring won’t last nearly as long.
Hardwood also adds value to a home, as potential buyers often are drawn to the natural aesthetic and durability. Hardwood flooring also is versatile; because prefinished hardwood flooring comes in a plethora of shades, it works with almost any decorating style, from Gothic to rustic to modern and chic.
But how is the contractor or homeowner to know which type of hardwood best suits their individual needs? Brands like Bella Cera and DuChateu offer so many options that it can make your head spin. Luckily, E Hardwoods & Flooring is here to give you the rundown on some of the most common hardwood flooring types.
Solid hardwood is just as it sounds: a single layer of wood cut thinly into a tongue and groove interlocking system to make a floor. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is made by compressing many layers of wood into a plank; it has a single layer of hardwood as an overlay.
Which of these choices is right for you? That depends on everything from your budget to where you’re planning to put the floor. Engineered hardwood is both more economical and flexible than solid hardwood; as its multi-layer construction allows for some expanding and contracting. Solid hardwood, however, can be re-sanded and refinished multiple times, meaning that a well-taken care of solid hardwood floor will last longer than any engineered counterpart. Engineered hardwood can be re-sanded depending on the wear layer.
Hickory? Birch? Oak? You’re used to seeing these trees in nature preserves, not as your living room floor. Is a tree just a tree when it comes to hardwood flooring?
Absolutely not. Each type of wood has its unique pros and cons, and it’s important to research exactly what you’re buying before your purchase. Hickory, for example, is heralded as one of the most durable hardwood flooring of all, whereas Birch is abundant and affordable, yet somewhat soft.
If you’ve decided that solid or engineered hardwood flooring is the right choice for you, consider buying through E Hardwoods & Flooring. We stock a myriad of wood types and brands; you’re sure to find something that fits you. Check out our online stock of hardwood flooring or contact us today with questions.