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SOLID VS. ENGINEERED FLOORING

WHICH HARDWOOD FLOORING IS BEST FOR YOU?

You’ve been shopping for new hardwood flooring and now you’ve got a decision to make. Before you do, however, you need to know the what the differences are between solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Nowadays, in the hard surface flooring market, engineered wood comprises the majority of the market but it wasn’t so long ago that solid hardwood was viewed as the gold standard and engineered wood was simply an impostor.

Our team of experts at Top Floor Flooring will bring samples to your home, guide you through the flooring selection process and leave you a FREE in-home estimate! We have a huge selection of styles and colours of flooring to choose from and fully certified installers that will professionally install your new flooring.

In addition to our exceptional in-home service, you’ll enjoy the best pricing in the industry, extensive manufacturer’s warranties and our own one-year installation warranty.

With a warehouse full of in-stock, ready to install flooring and a huge selection of specialty order available, we guarantee that you’ll find the best new flooring for your lifestyle and budget with Top Floor Flooring!

SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

Solid hardwood flooring is comprised solely of hardwood meaning that it is a homogeneous piece of hardwood throughout. It has a standard thickness of 3/4″ and is generally 3.25″wide but some styles do come as wide as 11″.

In terms of species, solid wood has a wide variety of options available and red/white oak, maple, hickory and pine are the most popular species. The hardness of solid hardwood is completely dependent on the species and vary from very soft to incredibly durable. See the Janka Hardness Scale for more information.

Solid hardwood comes both pre-finished and unfinished with the pre-finished options accounting for almost 80% of the market. Both options can be refinished numerous times but will eventually become too thin.

Solid wood is nailed or stapled down and cannot be floated. It does not hold up well to moisture and it is never recommended for bathrooms, basements or any other areas in the home where moisture is prevalent.

Having solid hardwood installed can add immense value to your home and, if taken care of properly, can last decades in your home.

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORING

Engineered hardwood flooring is made with a thin piece of hardwood that is adhered to the top of a base of high quality plywood. It’s thickness generally runs between 3/8″ to 1/2″. In terms of width, the standard sizes are anywhere from 3.25″ to 5″ wide.

Unlike solid wood, engineered wood offers fewer choices of species available with red oak, hickory and Brazilian cherry being the most popular on offer. Hard hardwood are the most durable and some of the softer varieties, such as pine, are not available as an engineered hardwood.

Engineered flooring is easier to install than solid with a greater range of options –
it can be stapled, nailed, clicked or glued. It’s ability to stand up to moisture is better than solid hardwood but still isn’t recommended in areas that have high moisture levels.

The majority of engineered floors are pre-finished. Unfinished engineered floors are few and far between and are not offered by most dealers. Engineered hardwood flooring can be refinshed but only once or twice.

Engineered hardwood is a durable, practical alternative to solid hardwood flooring and though it does add value to your home, it does not offer the longevity of a solid wood flooring.

ABOUT TOP FLOOR CARPET STORE

Trust Top Floor Flooring with your next home improvement project! With years of flooring experience and thousands of satisfied customers its easy to see how we’ve become British Columbia’s premier flooring supplier and installation company.

As a client, you’ll benefit from our exceptional customer service, certified and professional installation crews and the best pricing in the industry! Contact us to set up an appointment to get your free in-home estimate – you’ll be glad you did!

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We only deal with today’s most popular and reliable flooring manufacturers to ensure that you get a top quality product with the most extensive warranties available. We’re proud to be partnered with Mohawk, Kraus, Beaulieu and Karastan – just to name a few!

Top Floor Flooring was founded by professional flooring installers so we know all about the best installation practices in the industry. Our sales team is made up of individuals that have been in the industry for years and our customer service team is trained in all the best practices the flooring industry offers. We want you to be comfortable in the knowledge that, with us, you’re in the best hands possible!

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