Wood Flooring Types

Introduction
Wood floors add a warmth and beauty to a house that will last for years to come. Wood floors add not only character to a house, but value as well. A house with wood flooring is frequently worth much more on the market than a house with vinyl or linoleum flooring. Making the right selection from the wide variety of wood flooring types available can be a little overwhelming, which is why we’re going to take a look at the two most common wood flooring types and see how they compare with one another.

Solid Wood Flooring
The first of the wood flooring types is solid wood flooring. Like you would expect from the name, solid wood flooring is made completely of wood, top to bottom. The best part about solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded many times during its lifespan, as most wood floors are between a quarter inch and three quarters of an inch thick. Whether you wanted to sand your floor and refinish it because of damage to the floor or because you wanted to update the look of your home, sanding and refinishing a solid wood floor can be done multiple times. The downside to solid wood flooring is that it tends to expand and contract with changing weather patterns. Additionally, you cannot install solid wood flooring below the ground level of your house.

Engineered Wood Flooring
The second of the wood flooring types is engineered wood flooring. An engineered wood floor is usually made up of several layers of wood, which can be of the same species or differing species of trees. An engineered wood floor is made of real wood just like solid wood flooring, but the grain of each layer runs in a different direction, making engineered wood flooring much more stable than standard solid wood floors. Because of this improved stability, engineered wood floors can be installed below the ground level of your home, so you can create a beautiful, warm room in the basement, in the attic, or anywhere in between the two levels. The one downside to engineered wood floors is that they can’t be sanded and refinished as many times as solid wood flooring, so extra care is required.

The Bottom Line
While solid wood flooring is less stable and costs more than engineered wood flooring, it is generally considered the superior option. However, engineered wood flooring is sometimes the better option, particularly if you live in an area with rapid climate changes or where most of your floors are below ground level.