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Whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one, there are lots of things to keep in mind when considering wood flooring for your home.

One size does not fit all as your home environment or sub-floor may limit the type of floor you can even install. By understanding all of the pros and cons of each wood floor type, you can best choose which wood option is right for your home and lifestyle.

Popular Wood Flooring Options -

  • Solid Hardwood
  • Engineered Hardwood
  • Laminate

When purchasing wood floors, you typically have three most popular wood (or modified wood) flooring options to choose from. Let’s discuss these types of flooring and what to consider with each option.

Solid Hardwood - With the use of solid hardwood being used for centuries, people desire the look and beauty of real hardwood floors. Although hardwood is usually the most organic and desired option, it may not be the best option for your home. 

  • Pros are Value; Selection; Able to Refinish; Stability
  • Cons are Price; Wearability; Moisture; Installation limitations

Engineered hardwood - Engineered hardwood is usually the best of both worlds – it gives you the look of real hardwood but has more of the durability benefits that laminate provides. Engineered hardwood gets its name by how its made. It consists of a real hardwood layer on top that’s glued to a compressed board of either plywood or high density fiberboard underneath.

  • Pros are Moisture; Appearance; Price; Installation Flexibility
  • Cons are Wear and Tear; Selection; Not Always Able to Refinish; Stability

Laminate - Laminate flooring is likely the most versatile in where it can be installed compared to all wood flooring types because of its replicated, strong wear top and compressed core. Instead of being made of solid hardwood throughout like hardwood flooring or having a hardwood veneer like engineered hardwood, laminate is manufactured from paper and fiberboard that is digitally printed to give it that appearance of real wood and finished with a durable wear layer that is moisture and scratch resistant.

  • Pros are Wear and Tear; Install Anywhere; Price; Easy Install.
  • Cons are Appearance; Cannot Refinish; Noise; Stability

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