If you’ve made the decision to install hardwood flooring in your Belleville home, there are a few other things you’ll need to choose before you can begin installation. One of those decisions is whether you want solid or engineered hardwood. Both are made from real wood, but the main difference lies in construction. Here we’ll explore solid hardwood flooring, its characteristics, pros, and cons.
Construction & Composition
Solid hardwood flooring is exactly what its name implies. It’s milled from a single piece of wood and solid all the way through. It’s what most people think of when they imagine a classic and beautiful hardwood floor. Solid hardwood planks are durable and strong, generally constructed to be 3/4 inches thick. Solid wood floors are available in many different wood species, each with their own unique color, grain, and hardness qualities.
Pros of Solid Hardwood Flooring
Because of its solid construction, solid hardwood flooring can be sanded down and refinished multiple times over the floor’s life. This makes it relatively easy to repair in the case of damage, and it won’t lose its structural integrity during the repair process. Solid hardwood has the timeless beauty of classic hardwood flooring. It comes in a variety of wood species, including walnut, oak, and maple, and will increase the resale value of your Belleville home.
Cons of Solid Hardwood Flooring
One of the downsides of solid hardwood flooring is that it can’t be installed on floors below grade because of its solid construction. Wood has a natural tendency to expand and contract with changes in humidity, which is why it cannot be installed in basements, and why it is not recommended for use in bathrooms and other rooms prone to frequent moisture. It can also only be installed on wood subfloors.
If you are considering installing solid hardwood flooring in your Belleville home, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East today and schedule a free design consultation and in-home estimate. If you’d like to learn about solid hardwood flooring’s alternative option, check out our page on engineered hardwood flooring.
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