What Is The Best Type Of Wood Flooring For Me?
Solid Or Engineered Wood Floors
Are you ready to make a design change in your flooring for your home, business, or institutional office setting? You love the hardwood floor look and feel, but may not be sure what to buy for your setting right? That is where Keith Clay Floors comes in. For over 30 years, Keith has been helping North Texans make educated decisions about their hardwood flooring options. We invite you to consider giving us a call and let us discuss your options for your particular setting.
Of course the main fact of a decision about what flooring to use, depends on where you want to install it. Both solid and engineered wood floors are made using real wood, so both are environmentally friendly. Both look grand, are easy to maintain, and can be designed exactly for your colors and style with ease. So, let’s get started by talking about what the main differences are.
Solid Wood Floors- Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies. It consists of a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. While there are many variations in these pieces, it begins with the thickness of solid wood flooring. Depending on the subflooring and location, generally wood floor thickness ranges from 3/4” to 5/16”. Solid wood can be used in any room that is above grade (above ground). One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the life of the floor. Solid wood floors are ideal in family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens and powder rooms. About the only place you can’t use solid wood flooring is in the basement, but there’s a solution for that area too if you believe you just have to have that wood look and feel with your decor.
Engineered Wood Flooring – Engineered wood floors are made of real wood also. These pieces are manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers. The layers that you can’t see can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in perpendicular directions, which makes it very dimensionally stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Specific locations may determine for you exact particulars, but design and color and width are still options.
Remember that most Engineered floors can be nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor, or glued down to a wood or concrete subfloor. This makes engineered wood floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room above, on or below grade. While this type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring.
Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.