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Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

What is the Best Type of Hardwood for You?

If you've got your sights set on hardwood flooring, we don't have to tell you that narrowing down your options seems initially daunting. Life in New England is all about adapting to the changing seasons, and naturally, you'll want your hardwood floor to handle these shifts gracefully. Solid and engineered hardwoods might look alike, but there are some critical distinctions worth considering.


We want every hardwood installation to be successful at Post Road Carpet One Floor & Home of Acton, MA. We offer up all the hottest hardwood brands, including Mercier, Mohawk, Rustic River, Invincible, and Voyager, with plenty of solid and engineered selections to consider. Here's what you need to know if you're planning a hardwood installation.



Benefits of Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring is the more traditional hardwood option. Solid hardwood has a uniform construction. 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 that they can be refinished multiple times. We recommend choosing solid hardwood for on, and not below or above, ground areas.



Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Nowadays, most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood flooring. Unlike solid hardwood planks, engineered hardwood planks are made from strips of natural wood 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.

Would you like to find out more about our many solid and engineered hardwood options? Please visit us soon at 141 Great Road in Acton, MA, or call us today.

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