Natural beauty and lasting durability
Treasured for its classic touch and artistic detail, hardwood in your home or commercial space delivers a stunning visual statement while keeping cleanup a breeze.
A combination of strength and style, real hardwood floors are an investment that people never regret. We offer innovative and eco-friendly services with a wide variety of colors, textures, species and styles.
- Glue down wood flooring
- Nail down wood flooring
- Floating wood floors
- Staircase installations
- Residential & commercial installations
Solid vs. Engineered
Both solid hardwood planks and engineered planks are made from 100% real wood. And both types are capable of delivering a beautiful floor. It is important, however, to learn about the differences between the two, as far as composition, stability, installation and, of course, cost.
Just like the name suggests, solid hardwood planks are created from a single, thick piece of solid wood. Engineered hardwood is also made of genuine wood but has a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer applied to the top surface.
The good thing about the solid vs. engineered analysis is that both forms will provide durability and toughness in active homes. Solid wood flooring is inherently durable but must be permanently nailed or glued to the subfloor. Because of expansion and contraction issues, solid hardwood floors are more prone to shrinking or expanding based on humidity levels. Engineered floors can have greater dimensional stability in extreme temperatures, which provides slightly more resistance to buckling or rippling.
Installing Solid Wood
Where are your new floors going inside the home? Solid hardwood will expand and contract with changes in temperature and moisture, so they are only recommended at or above ground level. Also, the installation method for solid hardwood takes some consideration. Solid hardwood flooring can be glued, nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor but must have the right amount of space for hardwood’s natural expansion and contraction. If the individual boards are too tight, the floor will buckle, and if they are too loose, then the gaps between the boards will get too wide during colder temperatures.
Installing Engineered Wood
Engineered wood has enhanced installation options due to its unique construction that makes it less likely to buckle, gap or react to heat or temperature change. Floating, glue, staple, nail, you name it, the choice of installation is yours. Engineered wood can even be installed below and over radiant heat. This makes engineered wood a great fit for installing above, on or below ground level in your home. Regardless of whether you end up with a solid or engineered wood floor, it’s worth the investment to rely on quality installation experts to ensure a stress-free flooring experience.
Your budget will help determine a lot about the best hardwood for you. Generally speaking, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood, but ultimately the quality and species of wood will be the biggest price determinants. Exotic solid hardwood species are certainly pricier than engineered hardwood.