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The use of wood for construction stretches back centuries. Hardwood flooring dates back to the Middle Ages, in a time when such a thing was not standardized and beautifully inlaid designs were a thing of luxury, only experienced by the wealthiest. Now, hardwood floors come in a variety of styles, species, and surface types as well as eco-friendly options that all walks of life can enjoy. The next question to ask yourself, or one of our experts at LA Carpet, is: solid or engineered?
Solid hardwood is manufactured from a single piece of wood and is a wholly natural product that will react to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see hardwood expand under warm and humid conditions. Engineered hardwood flooring on the other hand consists of two or more layers with the top being a wood veneer while the lower layer consists of plywood, HDF, or even solid wood. Engineered hardwood flooring offers stability through the seasons, as it will maintain its look with the reduced possibility of warping. Costs will vary depending on the plank size, the general price of lumber and, with engineered hardwood, the quality of glues used. Here are some additional details on hardwood flooring you may find helpful:
- High Quality Look: Nothing beats the exquisite look of hardwood flooring. There’s a reason other flooring material attempts to imitate the aesthetic of hardwood, which is warm, rich, and stylish.
- Generational Strength: Hardwood floors deliver long-term durability. Hardwood that is kiln-dried, installed, and finished to professional, market standards can last for generations. A scratch on the surface of hardwood adds character, unlike with other floor coverings. In addition, hardwood flooring, unless of the softer variety like pine or yellow birch, can withstand heavy foot traffic. Hardwood flooring is meant to last a lifetime.
- Cutting-Edge Versatility: With technological innovation comes a variety of material and styles. Along with improved installation and adhesives, engineered hardwood flooring can be attached to older flooring, plywood, and concrete, unlike solid hardwood, which must be nailed or stapled down. Be sure to choose the best option for your situation.
- Unfinished vs. Pre-Finished: Unfinished hardwood is as it sounds: hardwood that’s not finished with any protecting coating or seal, which is required on all hardwood floors post-installation. Pre-finished hardwood comes stained and coated with layers of polyurethane and can thus be laid, installed, and used immediately as the surface is already hardened and durable. With unfinished, you may have to wait weeks until furniture can be moved in. Of course, pricing varies between the types