Hardwood Flooring Beltsville, MD

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood: Which one is for you and what are the differences?

Hardwood flooring is a very popular choice for homes and commercial spaces since it is such an enhancement to the appearance of a room. Hardwood is a natural product, and it can be harvested from many types of trees. Hardwood is durable, versatile and beautiful. It is available in a wide variety of shades from brown to grey to red to white and is available in a variety of finishes.

But did you know that hardwood comes in two major types: solid and engineered? If you’re not sure how to choose between the two types or are looking for more insight, give us a call at 240-542-8961 to speak with one of our flooring consultants. At Contract Carpet One, we are proud to serve the homes and businesses of Beltsville, Silver Spring and Bethesda.

Read below for more information and some inspiration!

Solid Hardwood:

Solid hardwood gets its name because each plank is made from a single piece of solid hardwood. Planks can be various lengths but are standardly ¾” thick and 2 ½” wide. The solid planks have grooved edges which ensure a tight fit as the planks are installed side by side.

Hardwood is not moisture-resistant and so is not the best choice for the bathroom. In addition, hardwood should not be installed below ground level, but can be installed on and above ground level.

Great for natural looking floors that don’t have glossy finishes.

Engineered hardwood:

Engineered hardwood gets its name because it is made from at least three and at most five thin layers of wood that are fused together. Interestingly, not all the layers will always be from the same species of wood. This results in a drop in price since the lower layers can be made from a more common wood while the top layer can still be the special species you want to feature!

To make engineered hardwood, sheets of wood are laminated together to create one board. In order to get maximum durability and strength, the sheets are laid together in a cross-ply pattern, which alternates the grain pattern between each layer. The sheets are then cut into planks and can be installed in a random pattern to achieve a natural look. Engineered hardwood can be installed at any ground level.

Versatile and functional in any room.

Check out this recent kitchen installation, featuring beautiful hardwood.