Solid and Engineered Wood
Wood floors are a great way to add beauty and value to your home. They are easy to clean and can last a very long time. There are two main types of wood flooring, engineered and solid. Wood floors are one of the most expensive options for floors up front, but long term, taken care of, can actually be one of the cheapest per square foot over the life of the floor..
Solid: Solid hardwood floors are 3/4" thick and are a solid board. Being solid, they can be refinished many times. Solid wood does not handle humidity changes or moisture as well as engineered wood, which can cause gaps or cupping.
Engineered: Engineered wood comes in many different thicknesses. Most commonly from 3/8" to 1/2" thick. Engineered is multiple layers of wood glued together 90 degrees to each other with the top layer being the finished layer. With the layers of wood glued together 90 degrees to each other makes the wood handle humidity changes and moisture better than solid wood. Top layers on all engineered woods are not created equal. The thicker the top layer, the more times it can be refinished. Most engineered woods can be refinished any where from one to three times depending on how thick the top layer is.
Cleaning: Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain. You should vacuum your floor on a weekly basis with a vacuum that does not have a beater bar. A vacuum is preferred over sweeping because it pulls the dirt out of the grooves between the planks better than a broom. For a deeper cleaning, you can use a Swiffer type mop with an approved hardwood floor cleaner. Avoid wet mopping or using a steam cleaner.
Check out some pictures of some of the hardwood we have installed. If you have any questions about an upcoming hardwood flooring project you may have, please contact us today, and we will help you through your project.