Solid hardwood is 100% hardwood milled from lumber and is the most traditional style of hardwood installed in residences today. As a natural wood product, it will react to changes in a home, such as moisture and extreme temperatures, causing this solid wood to expand or contract as the humidity in a home rises and falls. Solid hardwood has become more popular in the last decade and can be installed in every room, however, it is not recommended in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or rooms below ground level. There are many species of wood available in a wide range of colours. Solid hardwood is available either prefinished or unfinished.
Prefinished floors are warranted to last longer because the factory-applied urethane finishes are much tougher and longer-lasting than site-applied finishes. Solid hardwood is most popular in a ¾” thickness with a width of 2-1/4” or 3-1/4”.
Engineered hardwood is manufactured with three to ten layers of plywood backing, called plies, which are glued together, or with an HDF core to provide support for the top layer of real hardwood. This type of hardwood has greater stability than solid hardwood. It will not shrink or expand with temperature and humidity changes. Engineered hardwood can be installed in basements, condominiums, or other areas with cement floors where solid hardwood cannot be used. It can also be installed over radiant heated floors. There are several species of wood available in engineered hardwood and, due to the manufacturing process, there are more options available than solid hardwood products, such as wider board width and hand-scraped boards.
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