Hardwood floors are not only appealing to the eye; they are soft and warm underfoot, as well as hypoallergenic. Your choices are limitless; including traditional oak, maple, and hickory, exotic and regional species, as well as reclaimed woods. You also have the option of solid or engineered wood. The most important thing to know about wood flooring is that proper moisture/humidity control is vital to the performance and maintenance of your wood.
Solid wood floors are unparalleled in their beauty, warmth, and longevity. You can purchase solid wood either unfinished or prefinished. With both, you have the option of sanding and refinishing as the floor becomes worn or you are just looking for a change. Either will add life and value to your home.
The practical qualities of engineered wood make it a great choice where solid wood isn’t an option, such as below grade or directly over concrete. It is more stable than solid wood and is only 3/8 to 5/8 inch thick, so it can be installed over existing floors or when height might be an issue. Engineered wood is generally prefinished with the same aluminum-oxide factory finish as solid hardwoods; however, sanding and refinishing is a less viable option.
Whether you choose solid or engineered, proper moisture/humidity control is vital to the maintenance and performance of your NEW hardwood floor.