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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Your Local Hardwood Flooring Experts

Hardwood flooring is a classic and beautiful flooring option for any home. However, choosing the best hardwood for your home can sometimes be confusing.  Just like many other flooring options, not all hardwood is made the same. The two types of hardwood builds are solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. We have the experts at Vision Floors & More in Lafayette, IN to help you choose the perfect hardwood for your home.


What Is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is the original hardwood flooring option. If fact, it used to be the only flooring option! It is one uniform piece of solid wood made from a real strip of wood. Solid planks are thick, so they can be refinished multiple times. This means you can keep your wood floors for longer and even update them as trends change. Refinishing solid hardwood is a quick way to make your old floors look brand new time and time again. Although solid hardwood is a long-lasting option, it is limited when it comes to where you can install it. We recommend customers install solid hardwood in places such as bedrooms, living rooms and home offices. Although many solid wood options are durable, they do have their limits when it comes to moisture and daily wear. As long as you care for you solid hardwood flooring, you can expect it to stay beautiful for years.


What Is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is often confused with laminate flooring, but that is not actually the case.  Engineered hardwood consists of a top and bottom layer made of real wood, and multiple middle layers made of real wood veneers that run in different directions. This allows engineered planks to resist the natural tendency of wood to expand and contract when temperatures change or are exposed to moisture. This makes them a strong and stable option for active households. Engineered hardwood can be installed almost anywhere in your home including kitchens, home offices, and hallways. These planks are made to handle a moderate amount of traffic, and are a great choice for homeowners with pets or children at home.


If you would like to see our selection of solid and engineered hardwood planks, be sure to visit our showroom and speak with one of our sales professionals today!


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