Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Hardwood flooring is popular in home settings because it can add unmatched style and value. At Wrucks Carpet One Floor & Home, we offer a great selection of hardwood flooring options. We have premium hardwood brands, and we have solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Be sure to visit our Wasilla showroom to learn more about hardwood.

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Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring is considered the more traditional hardwood option. Solid planks are made from a single strip of real wood and nothing more. There is no special construction, but the surface if typically treated and finished to handle scratches and scuffs. Solid hardwood planks are usually 3/4" thick, so they can be refinished multiple times. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding down the surface and then reapplying finish.

For the most part, solid hardwood can only be installed at ground level in areas without moisture.

Engineered Hardwood

Most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood over solid hardwood because of its special construction. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is made from wood layers that are cross-directly pressed together with a top layer. The wood grains run in different directions, and this actually counteracts wood's natural tendency to expand and contract. As such, engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. Because it is made from real wood, engineered hardwood looks like solid hardwood; but, engineered hardwood usually cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood offers greater installation versatility. It can be installed below, on, or above ground, and it can handle some moisture. We still do not recommend installing engineered hardwood in kitchens, bathrooms, or basements.

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