Which Type of Hardwood is Right for You?
For many of us, hardwood flooring is considered the ultimate way to floor, especially for those of us who appreciate tradition, craftsmanship, and the finer things in life. Since new floor can represent a significant investment, however, we urge you to look before you leap and consider all viable options. For those seeking hardwood flooring, that means deciding between two distinctly different product families: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two upon glance, there’s much more to hardwood than meets the eye.
A hardwood that’s true to tradition, solid hardwood flooring tends to be favored by purists and historians. Hardwood is undoubtedly beautiful, and if properly cared for, can last for generations. Indeed, these solid wood planks can be refinished over and over again. However, solid hardwood tends to be costly and it shouldn’t be installed in spaces below grade.
Presenting a stunning alternative for the budget-minded, those living in humid climates, or those wishing for hardwood in a finished basement, engineered hardwood is wonderful option. Engineered hardwood is made using natural woods, but instead of using a single, solid plank, this flooring is built in layers. A clear, scratch-resistant coating is often used to provide additional endurance. Engineered hardwood can go below grade, and offers some water resistance (though it isn’t waterproof). It can be refinished once or twice over its lifetime.
Our Hardwood Selection
As your local flooring experts, Columbia River Carpet One Floor & Home in Rainier, OR offers up one of the area’s most comprehensive collections of hardwood flooring products in its showroom, which is located at 105 West B Street. Want to learn more about solid and engineered hardwood flooring? Stop by our showroom or give us a call at (503) 395-2086 to schedule your free onsite project estimate today.