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3 Hardwood Flooring Construction Options

By Michael Hilton

Remodeling a house involves making choices of every kind, and today there seems to be more options then ever, especially when choosing which type of hardwood flooring to install in your home. In years past, if you wanted a hardwood floor in your house, you probably only had a few options of wood species and hardwood grades to choose from, but today there are dozens of species readily available. Yet even after you select the one you prefer, did you know there is still another decision to make? Today, hardwood flooring is available in three different construction options.

Choose from Three Types of Hardwood Flooring

  • Solid Hardwood Flooring. Considered the standard in the industry, solid hardwood flooring has been available for decades and is what most people think of when they consider purchasing hardwood flooring. One advantage of solid hardwood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished several times during its life, and many solid wood floors can last for generations. The downside to this type of flooring is that it is constantly shrinking and expanding due to the changing levels of moisture in the air, so it must be installed correctly and may not be the best choice for basements or other moist areas.
  • Engineered Hardwood Flooring. Constructed similarly to plywood, engineered hardwood flooring is made from several layers of wood which are glued and pressed together, and the top layer is the hardwood face which shows as the finished floor. Unlike solid wood flooring, most engineered flooring can not be refinished because re-sanding it smooth might expose the lighter colored core layers within the floor board. However due to its engineered construction, it is a great choice for basement flooring and for other areas of your home which need stable and durable floor covering.
  • Click-Lock Hardwood Flooring. This option of hardwood flooring is manufactured just like engineered flooring, because only the top veneer of the floor board is real wood, while the core of each floor board consists of layers of plywood. Often referred to as a floating floor, click-lock hardwood flooring snaps together like laminate flooring and rests on top of the sub floor without being nailed down.

While each of these hardwood flooring options can be manufactured from the same species of wood, each one is installed differently and one option may be better suited for your particular project than another. When choosing a type of hardwood flooring, consider where in your house it will be installed and whether or not it might need to be refinished in the future.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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