Add Character with Traditional Hardwood Floors
Hardwood has been used as a flooring material for centuries and has never gone out of style. Real wood flooring is tough, beautiful and can work in almost any room in your home. Traditional hardwood floors feature medium tones that blend with any décor style with ease. The most popular types of traditional hardwood floors are Oak, Maple, Hickory and Birch. Each species comes in a variety of styles and like all natural wood flooring, they require occasional maintenance to keep them looking their best.
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Solid Hardwood Flooring vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
While wood flooring comes in many styles, sizes and species there are only two basic types you will have to choose between – solid and engineered. It is important to note that both are real wood flooring and offer you the classic look you’ve always wanted with a few slight differences that make them preferred for certain types of applications.
Solid hardwood flooring is milled from a single piece of wood. It can be used in areas where moisture is not a concern and in areas that builders call on grade (ground level) or above grade (second level or higher). Wood floors are sensitive to moisture and unfortunately can be damaged if not cared for properly. Common problems associated with moisture damage include cupping, cracks or even buckling.
Engineered hardwood features a multi-layer construction that is topped with a layer of real hardwood giving you the natural look you always wanted. Because of its unique construction, engineered hardwood looks and is real hardwood flooring but can be installed in places where solid hardwood might not be ideal (think moisture prone areas) and sometimes can cost less!