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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

Comparing Solid And Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring can be broadly categorized into two main categories independent of the species of tree used – engineered and solid. Both of these types of hardwood flooring are manufactured in different ways, which means that they also provide a number of different benefits to your home. Understanding the differences between the two types of hardwood flooring can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is cut out of single piece of wood, and is what most people think about when they think about hardwood flooring. One of the main draws of solid hardwood flooring is the fact that it is fairly thick, which means that it can be sanded and refinished many times before it needs to be replaced. In fact, if properly maintained, solid hardwood floors can last upwards of twenty years before they need to be torn up. Additionally, solid hardwood flooring is completely environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested, which reduces your carbon footprint.

However, solid hardwood flooring is an expensive flooring option, and is not a viable choice for homeowners who do not have a large budget for their home. Additionally, hardwood flooring cannot be installed over radiant heating, as it poses a fire hazard. Finally, it should be noted that solid hardwood floors should not be installed below grade (below ground, in basement areas) as they are susceptible to rot and mold growth.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of a thin hardwood veneer that is glued onto a core of plywood or fiberboard, which is a lower quality material. This helps reduce the price of engineered hardwood flooring, making it a more economical option for homeowners. Engineered hardwood flooring can also be installed over radiant heating, below grade, and in areas that are not suitable for solid hardwood flooring. Additionally, even though it's not solid all the way through, engineered hardwood flooring is just as durable as solid hardwood flooring, and if properly cared for, can last several years before it has to be replaced.

However, engineered hardwood flooring cannot be refinished like solid hardwood flooring can be, because the hardwood veneer is usually too thin to be sanded down. Additionally, engineered hardwood flooring is not as sustainable as solid hardwood flooring, as the glue used to attach the hardwood veneer to the plywood or fiberboard core can be toxic and non-biodegradable, depending on the manufacturer.

Contact a professional flooring company, like Surplus Sales, for more information and to discuss your different options.

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9 June 2015