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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood 

Visit us at Avant Garde Carpet One Floor & Home in Waldorf, MD where we make finding a new hardwood floor easy.  Our staff is professionally trained and has done their research when it comes to hardwood flooring. When you shop with us you’ll have several options to choose from including solid and engineered options.

Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.

Benefits of Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is considered the original hardwood option. Due to its simple construction, solid hardwood can be refinished a few times, or at least up to the tongue on the side of the plank. Refinishing solid hardwood floors is important for a few reasons. By refinishing your solid hardwood floor, it extends the expected life cycle of the floor. Another reason is that over time, the finish wears off the surface and scratches become gouges. Refinishing smooth’s out any surface blemishes and gives you the opportunity to change the look of your floors depending on your current home décor or current flooring trends.

Solid hardwood features unmatched characteristics and adds value to any room you install it in. Since solid hardwood is made from natural materials, it naturally absorbs moisture and is sensitive to changes in temperature. When installing solid hardwood, make sure you keep it in areas that are dry and cool, such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space.

What is engineered Hardwood?

Since engineered wood is made of multiple layers, it can only be refinished a handful of times depending how thick the top veneer is. Be sure you select an engineered floor that will match your current home décor so you do not want to change it later down the road.

Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and counterbalance wood’s natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in temperature. You can install engineered hardwood anywhere in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms. 

To see our solid and engineered hardwood collection, visit our showroom in Waldorf, MD and speak with our flooring professionals.

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