Gurnee HardwoodHardwood floors are a great addition to a home because they are durable and add value. They look beautiful and elegant and are available in a wide variety of different looks to fit anyone’s design aesthetic. If you’re in the market for new hardwood floors, then you’ve probably heard of both engineered and solid hardwood. Read below for an overview of these two different flooring types!


Solid hardwood is cut from a solid piece of wood. The average plank is one-half to one inch in width. Engineered hardwood is made out of a few different layers of wood. Its core layer is usually unfinished wood or plywood, and the top layer is a thin veneer of the preferred hardwood species.


General maintenance for engineered and solid hardwoods are very similar. Both require sweeping to keep the floors free of dirt and debris. Avoid standing water of any kind and make sure to clean up any spills right away. Both types of hardwoods can be sanded and refinished. Solid hardwood can have this done several times over the lifespan of the floors, while engineered can only do this a few times.


Hardwood is a very durable flooring choice, but this all varies depending on the type of wood species chosen. Your Floor Coverings International Libertyville design associate will work with you to select the best hardwood option for your home.


Engineered hardwood is faster and easier to install than solid hardwood. It can be installed on almost any surface because it can be glued down. Solid hardwood, on the other hand, is installed by nailing the boards to a plywood layer beneath it. Space is left on the edges of the room, hidden by baseboards, to allow for swelling.

To learn more about hardwoods and to compare product samples, give us a call to schedule your free in-home design consultation! We proudly serve the greater Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein areas.

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