Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood Flooring Options

There are two main types of hardwood flooring available: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is the more traditional and time-tested option, while engineered hardwood is relatively newer and usually more durable.

To learn about the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring, be sure to visit Post Road Carpet One Floor & Home in Acton. We have a great selection of quality hardwood flooring brands.

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Solid Hardwood Flooring

Like we mentioned before, solid hardwood flooring is the more traditional hardwood option. Solid hardwood has a uniform construction, which means that solid planks are made from single pieces of wood and nothing else. The surface is treated and finished to withstand most scratches and scuffs. Solid planks are typically around 3/4" thick, so they can be refinished multiple times.

We recommend choosing solid hardwood for on, and not below or above, ground areas.

Engineered Hardwood

Nowadays, most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood flooring. Unlike solid hardwood planks, engineered hardwood planks are made from strips of real wood that are cross-directionally pressed together by a top layer of wood. As such, the wood grains in different directions, and this counteracts wood's natural tendency to expand and contract. Engineered hardwood is therefore stronger and more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood.

Given its durability advantages, engineered hardwood can be installed below, on, and above ground. Learn more about hardwood installation.

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