The Floor Konnection in Rancho Cordova, CA often sees customers who have questions on hardwood flooring. We have taken some of the more commonly asked questions and answered them here. We hope this helps as you make your new flooring decisions.
Is hardwood flooring expensive?
It can be if you are selecting one of the more exotic species of wood. Some hardwoods are more rare than other species, and would, therefore, cost more. In general, however, hardwood floors are now more affordable than they have been in the past. New planting techniques, more efficient manufacturing processes, and the advent of engineered hardwood flooring, have all helped to bring the cost of wood floors way down.
Are there differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring?
Yes, and the difference can be substantial. To begin with, solid hardwood floors are just what they say they are, composed of solid planks of various types of wood. The plank is a complete piece of that particular wood, from top to bottom. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is composed of layers of sturdy and stable materials (plywood, for example), glued together, and topped off with a sheet of the species of wood the customer has selected (oak, walnut, cherry, etc).
Solid hardwood cannot be installed where there may be moisture or heat issues. Engineered flooring can be installed just about anywhere, including below grade. This is the major difference between the two.
Because of the way that engineered hardwood flooring is manufactured, it will not bend, warp, split, or buckle the way solid flooring will if exposed to moisture, high humidity, or heat. This is another difference between the two.
Are these hardwood flooring systems installed the same way?
The answer is not normally. Solid hardwood is usually nailed down to a wooden sub-floor. Because solid wood must have room to contract and expand as the seasons change, it cannot be glued down to sub-floors. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, does not expand or contract, so it can be nailed down, stapled down, glued down, or installed as floating flooring.
These are only a few of the questions we get at The Floor Konnection. If you would like to know more about hardwood flooring and see some one of the selections in Rancho Cordova, come by and see us today.