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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Merkel Furniture and Carpet One Floor & Home in Ann Arbor and Chelsea, MI is your neighborhood expert when it comes to hardwood flooring. As a locally owned business, we make choosing a new hardwood floor for your next project easy. There are two different hardwood constructions, solid and engineered. Your lifestyle can have an impact on the type of hardwood construction you’ll need in your home. Before committing to purchasing hardwood, it is a good idea to make sure your home would be well suited for this type of flooring. Continue reading below to learn more. 

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of several layers of real wood product. They feature three to seven layers of wood veneers and a surface layer of premium wood. This layered construction helps to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity. The layering also creates stability so the planks and handle daily activity. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.  

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Traditional hardwood flooring is associated with solid planks. The simple construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.

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