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Hardwood Flooring

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For centuries, hardwood flooring has been one of the most popular options for home flooring. It’s a versatile solution with tons of variation in style. In fact, every individual plank of hardwood flooring is unique, changing over time with age and wear. This gives every room its own character and charm that will last for decades with the proper care.

Hardwood flooring styles are as varied as the wood species from which they’re constructed. Each species has its own unique natural characteristics, such as variations in knotholes, wood grains, and mineral streaks. Some species are lighter and others are darker.

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Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

Solid hardwood is the traditional version of hardwood flooring. Each plank is made from a single, solid piece of real wood. Engineered hardwood is a layered product, and each plank consists of a thin slice of hardwood layered on top of another piece of high-quality wood composite, such as plywood. Engineered wood is less durable but much more versatile and can even be installed in basements.

The durability of your hardwood (and therefore, its longevity) is determined largely by the thickness of each plank in addition to other factors, such as the wear layer and finish.

Standard hardwood planks come in a few different thicknesses. A ½-inch or 3/8-inch thickness is common for engineered hardwood planks, for instance. Solid hardwood floors, on the other hand, are much thicker; often, they are ¾-inch with an added wear layer. This extra thickness allows for repeated refinishing, which is one of the main benefits of solid hardwood over engineered. Engineered wood can still be sanded down but only once or twice during its comparably shorter lifespan.

Find the inspiration you need for your next project in our hardwood inspiration gallery! Learn more.
Our installation professionals will ensure that your new hardwood looks & lasts the way you want.
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