Hardwood floors give Chandler homes and businesses an everlasting appeal because their rich hues and grains never go out of style. Not too long ago, if you wanted to have the look of hardwoods, you had to get traditional solid hardwood floors. However, now there are different ways to get the same look, but with a more flexible price point, easier maintenance, and other new features.
Among your many options is engineered flooring. How does it compare to solid hardwood floors? Our Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert experts can explain.
Solid Hardwood Floors
This flooring has been around for centuries. Hardwoods are known for their incredible beauty, longevity, and diversity in looks. These solid planks of wood are harvested from various species of trees and range from delicate tan colors with subtle grains to deep browns with dramatic knots and circular grains. Homeowners who take good care of their wood floors can refinish them many times. This can make one installation last for over a century!
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered hardwood floors are considered the more “eco-friendly” alternative to solid hardwood. This is because they’re composed of a few layers of fiberboard and other organic wood components, which are then topped with a thin layer of hardwood. Otherwise, it is hard to tell the difference between solid and engineered wood by sight alone. Here are some of the main differences to consider:
- Cost: This flooring often costs less than solid hardwoods because they’re made mostly of scrap wood products that are topped with a thin layer of hardwoods.
- Longevity: Since the top layer of the floor is a thin layer of a traditional hardwood, engineered hardwoods can only be sanded down and refinished a few times before you wear it down too much. Therefore, engineered wood floors may not last as long as solid ones.
- Stability: Engineered wood floors are designed to be more stable, meaning they are less susceptible to expanding and contracting from changes in temperature and humidity when compared to solid hardwood.
To find out more about which of these floors would be perfect for your next project in Chandler, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert is proud to offer free consultations.
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