The beauty of hardwood floors in many Edwardsville homes today is unsurpassed by any other floor covering. Style versatility and the ability to retain its beauty over time is what many homeowners look for when choosing a floor.
Hardwood floors are manufactured in a variety of wood species, but some of the most popular include white or red oak, maple, cherry, pecan, hickory, or white ash hardwood. There are also exotic woods available that add a unique look, such as African teak, tigerwood, or Brazilian hardwoods. When choosing a wood floor, you’ll have the choice between solid hardwood and engineered wood. Although both are made from real wood, there are some key differences between the two in the way they’re constructed.
Constructed from one piece of wood all the way through, solid hardwood flooring comes in both prefinished and unfinished varieties. One advantage to solid wood flooring is it can be refinished multiple times over the course of its lifetime, so it’s able to remain sturdy and beautiful for many years. If properly cared for, hardwood floors can last for decades, and in some cases they’ll even get more beautiful with age. However, one downside to solid hardwood floors is they can’t be installed in basements or floors below grade. Wood has a natural tendency to expand and warp when exposed to moisture, and the solid wood construction of this flooring style causes the planks to do the same.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood’s alternative is engineered hardwood flooring, which has its own benefits. It can be used in areas where solid hardwood flooring is not recommended, as engineered wood is constructed in layers. The central layers are made of durable plywood, and the top layer is a solid wood veneer. The price and durability of the floor partially depends on the thickness of this veneer. The cross-ply construction method of many engineered hardwood varieties is dimensionally more stable, which prevents the wood from warping as a result of changes in temperature and moisture. Another reason engineered hardwood flooring is a poplar choice for Edwardsville homes is because of its versatility. It can be installed over a concrete slab, onto wood sub-floors, or even in a basement where moisture or humidity would negatively affect a solid wood floor.
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Whether you choose solid hardwood in a beautiful, exotic Brazilian cherry, or an engineered wood floor that will stand up to your basement’s changing climate, your wood flooring will no doubt hold its beauty for many years. To learn more about the flooring options available for your Edwardsville home, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East today, and schedule a free in-home design consultation! We’ll help you find the perfect hardwood floors for your home and your lifestyle.
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