Hardwood flooring is among the most desirable flooring that we install. The reason for that is clear. Hardwood flooring provides that natural and timeless appeal to any home. What some of our customers don’t know is that there are actually two types of hardwood flooring that we can install, solid and engineered. The main difference between the two types is that engineered hardwood is actually many different layers of woods, with a hardwood veneer on the top and bottom. Solid hardwood flooring, is of course, solid through and through. Let’s take a look at some of the difference and specifics below.
As we mentioned above, engineered hardwood is a manufactured product. However, it isn’t fake wood or a man-made synthetic. In most cases, the wood on the top and bottom layers of the flooring is real, hardwood veneer. In between those layers, however, is a varied composition of pressed woods and other wood material. The reason that some flooring manufacturers go with this option is because it is more cost effective. The engineered hardwood is also better at dealing with moisture. Moisture, if let sit for long periods of time, can damage wood to its core. Engineered hardwood flooring, however, is more resilient to this malady due to the flexibility of the layers and the way it can expand and contract.
Solid hardwood flooring is the most natural style of hardwood flooring. Nothing beats the real thing. Solid hardwood flooring is extremely durable, takes well to different stains and finishes and won’t fall apart. Cherry hardwood floors are definitely one of the most popular that we install. To get even more specific, American cherry wood is what we use the most of. It is also known as black cherry, and it has naturally occurring tight grain patterns and soothing red and pink hues.
For every hardwood floor we install, we work with our customer to select a dazzling finish to complement the wood. Some of our finish options are ash, birch, cherry, walnut, hickory and red oak. While most of the color and appearance of wood comes from the species, you can alter and adjust that by using finishes. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as matching the perfect finish to your preexisting decor and furniture styles. Call Omaha Flooring Pros and let us pick the best finish for you!
We get many questions about hardwood flooring, and we understand why. People want to know how you secure the wood to the subfloor, and how you keep the wood planks from sliding or moving. The secret is in the tongue and groove technology. Each board of solid wood or engineered wood isn’t a flat plank; it looks almost like a puzzle piece. Think of it as a puzzle piece that you can cut and manipulate in order to get it to fit your floor with precision. Does that sound difficult? To the untrained floor installer or amateur DIY-er, maybe. But Omaha Flooring Pros can install a hardwood floor and tile with their eyes closed. Call now and let us help you upgrade to a solid wood floor today!