Hardwood Flooring Guide
Choosing the right hardwood floor for your home can often be difficult. There are a variety of wood species, shades, grains, and even plank sizes from which to choose. The big question, however, is whether to choose solid or engineered wood flooring.
Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
Solid wood flooring gets its name from the fact that its individual planks are made from strips of wood and nothing else. The wood planks are not transformed or layered in any special way; they only are cut, smoothed, and sometimes finished. As a result, solid wood flooring has all of wood’s natural beauty and warmth. Plus, since no two pieces of wood are identical, solid wood flooring is truly a one-of-a-kind flooring option. At the same time, solid wood flooring possesses wood’s durability and strength, and the planks even feature a thick construction. This thick construction means that solid hardwood can be refinished multiple times.
Engineered wood flooring is made from three to seven layers of wood. The top layer is a premium piece of hardwood, so engineered wood looks exactly the same as solid wood. But, the special layering means that the wood grains run in different directions, and this counteracts wood’s tendency to expand and contract in humid or moist conditions. Engineered wood flooring is therefore more dimensionally stable than solid wood flooring. It is even suitable for rooms with some moisture!
As you can probably imagine, engineered hardwood is usually a better choice in our local climate because of its premium dimensional stability. It, for example, can handle changing environmental conditions and other external pressures without cracking. Plus, there are some engineered wood floors that can be installed over underfloor heating.
Our Hardwood Selection
Wrucks Carpet One Floor & Home in Wasilla offers a great selection of hardwood flooring. We offer a few different hardwood options as part of our selection of hard surfaces. We have Invincible Hardwood, which is exclusive to Carpet One stores.
In addition, we have new styles from DANSK. DANSK engineered hardwood floors have a super-strong core for premium dimensional stability. Visit our DANSK hardwood page.
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