If you want the timeless beauty of hardwood floors in your Princeton home, you now have several ways to make it happen. For example, you can opt for solid hardwood planks or engineered hardwoods, which each come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a side-by-side comparison from the Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough experts:
Solid Hardwood Floors
- The pros: Solid hardwood floors are made of just one material: wood planks cut in solid pieces. These pieces of solid wood can last for decades if properly maintained. They can also be refinished many times to remove scratches and dents from the surface of the wood.
- The cons: Many species of hardwood don’t stand up well against humidity, meaning they are prone to deteriorating and warping in humid conditions. They also scratch more easily than luxury vinyl, laminate, or engineered hardwoods. Solid hardwoods also tend to be more expensive, especially if they are made entirely from a rare or imported species.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
- The pros: Engineered hardwood planks are made of several layers of material like fiberboard and plywood, and are then topped with a thin layer of the desired wood species. These tough layers give engineered hardwoods their stability, durability, and versatility. The construction helps defend against moisture and warping, which makes it a fine choice for basements and kitchens— where solid hardwoods usually don’t go.
- The cons: Since the top wooden layer is much thinner than that of solid hardwoods, engineered hardwoods can’t take many refinishes before becoming too thin. Therefore, they may not last as long as traditional solid hardwood floors.
To learn more about solid or engineered hardwoods and see both products for yourself, give us a call. Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough serves homeowners in the Princeton area and beyond.
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