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Two types of hardwood flooring

There is both solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Both give you the same beautiful knots, grains, swirl, and undertones, but engineered is now taking a major share of the wood flooring industry. That is because it appeals to those who want beauty, but with some practicality sprinkled into the mix.

Dalton Discount Floors & More is a family-owned and operated licensed business that has been around for 23 years. We have strong community ties, especially with our owner living here for 50 years. That means we're well-known and familiar with all the local trends and business practices. We have the highest standards of quality, skills, integrity, and service.

What is solid vs engineered hardwood?

Construction is the only difference between the two, and that makes them behave differently in humidity and excess water. Solid, one thickness throughout the floor can be affected by water and humidity. Engineered, with more stability and an increased ability to handle water, is layered.

At the top is a slice of authentic wood, with all the knots, grains and undertones you’d expect from any wood flooring. Underneath are three layers or more of genuine wood combined with a little resin. Then the layers are placed in a crosswise position.

As a result, it doesn't move to adjust to the weather. It also has a little more versatility in installation, able to be placed in some areas where solid isn't recommended. Ask your hardwood flooring retailer for samples and more information.

Other things you should know

Thickness affects the number of times any wood floor can be sanded and refinished. Solid’s ideal thickness is ¾-inch. It can be refinished five-six times and lasts for decades. Engineered ranges from ⅝-inch to ½-inch. Thicker is better; it can be sanded and refinished four or five times and lasts 40 years.

They are available in both domestic and exotics species. The most popular ones are oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and hickory. As for plank width, wider ones are currently trending. They are more traditional. Narrow planks have a contemporary, casual feel. Installation is a tongue and groove with a nail or glue-down. Engineered offers an additional technique: floating floors, where pieces lock together and hover over the subfloor without nails, staples, or adhesives.

For more information about hardwood flooring, visit the Dalton Discount Floors & More showroom in Grayson, GA. We serve Grayson, Snellville, Loganville, Lawrenceville, Dacula, Lilburn, Duluth, Gainesville, Suwanee, Buford, and Norcross, GA. Ask about our estimates.