Solid Hardwood Floors

  • Solid wood is generally cut into a single 3/4″ thick piece of hardwood.
  • Because of its thickness solid wood floors can be sanded and refinished multiple times.
  • Urethane floors can be recoated vs. sanded to renew the surface of the wood, making it more cost-effective.
  • Solid wood floors can only be installed over a wooden a subfloor, by nails or staples.
  • Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Therefore, it cannot be installed in basements, where humidity change fluctuates.
  • Solid wood floors are slightly more expensive.

 

 

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Engineered Wood Flooring

  • Engineered wood flooring is constructed from multiple plies of wood, topped with a hardwood veneer.
  • It is more resilient to buckling, cupping or twisting.
  • Its multi-ply construction gives engineered wood floors more stability; it can be installed in all levels of the house, including basements.
  • Engineered wood can only be sanded and refinished depending on the thickness of its veneer. The thicker the veneer the more times it can be refinished.
  • Engineered hardwoods can be installed three different ways: glued-down directly to a concrete slab; nailed down to plywood; or floated over a flat surface.