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Engineered v. Solid Hardwood Flooring

When choosing your new hardwood floors, it’s important to do your research. Engineered and solid hardwood flooring both have their merits, depending on what you’re looking for in your new floors.

If you’re buying from PurezaWood, our JAS certification guarantees that you will be receiving high quality luxury hardwood flooring, regardless of which type you choose. So the next factor to consider is not which type is better, but which type is better for you.

Solid hardwood is exactly how it sounds–a solid plank of wood. They’re usually about 3/4″ thick with a clear protective layer coating the top. Its thickness makes it possible to sand and refinish this type of floor many times before it is spent.

However, because it is a solid plank, it is susceptible to “cupping,” the process of wood expanding and contracting depending on changes in humidity and temperature. The installation process involves permanently nailing the solid wood planks into the subfloor.

Engineered hardwood flooring on the other hand, consists of layers of wood, enabling it to be sanded and refinished nearly as many times as its solid counterpart. Engineered flooring was developed to avoid the cupping that occurs in solid hardwood floors when there are changes in humidity.

This means they’re great for basements or any other place where the levels of humidity are inconsistent. They are also generally more stable than solid wood floors and the way they’re made makes them easier to install.

Now you have the ability to make an informed decision when deciding between engineered and solid hardwood flooring. Both are popular in the Chicago area for different reasons, be it affordability or ability to resist moisture.

So think about your specific flooring needs and what both types have to offer before selecting your own hardwood flooring. And no matter which type you choose, rest assured that any product you purchase from Purezawood, finished and unfinished, will be the best wholesale hardwood flooring you’ll find in Chicago.

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