Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to your home but it is important to understand what type of hardwood floor you should install. There are two main types of hardwood floors that we install and these are either engineered or solid hardwood floors. As you probably know the main purpose of hardwood floors is to be not only beautiful but also able to take the wear and tear of everyday living. Depending on which type of hardwood floor you choose it can make a big difference on the amount of time that your hardwood floor lasts for.
Solid hardwood floors
Solid hardwood expands and contracts in reaction to the temperature and changes in moisture of the air around it. Because of this solid wood floors are often recommended for rooms that are either at ground level or above it. Many people prefer solid hardwood floors in their homes because it is more authentic and it can take a beating. However, it is not the only option.
Engineered hardwood floors
Engineered hardwood floors are designed to look like normal hardwood floors yet resist the normal expanding and contracting due to humidity and temperature fluctuations. This is because of the unique construction that engineered hardwood floor has. Each piece of engineered hardwood flooring is designed by putting together multiple layers of wood to create one floorboard. The top and bottom layer will be normal solid hardwood. In between this there will be cross layers of plywood which are pressed together to create a stable core. This layered effect is what protects the floor from changes in the weather.