Genuine hardwood is real wood, through and through, providing beauty, quality and value to your home.
Solid hardwood is a solid piece of hardwood from top to bottom. While engineered wood floors are real wood manufactured in multiple layers using veneers. Solid hardwood thickness can be 3/4″ to 5/16″ and can be used on grade or above grade. Solid hardwood is best used in family/living rooms/dining rooms/bedrooms/*kitchens. It is vitally important to maintain fluctuations in home relative humidity of 35 to 55 percent. Seasonal humidity change may cause the wood to expand and contract. Cracks are normal and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity.
*wood floors can be damaged by excessive moisture and adverse weather. If installing hardwood in your kitchen, select the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species. Use floating “click” floors as you may be able to replace a severely damaged board.
PROS of solid hardwood
- Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished numerous times.
- When properly cared for, hardwood floors can last a lifetime.
- Hardwoods are often a must-have value add on a home buyer’s list.
- Having hardwood floors in your home will add to your homes value.
- Easy to maintain with vacuum or dust mop.
CONS of solid hardwood
- All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process.
- You cannot use solid hardwood in a basement (use engineered hardwood).
- Hardwood floors are not recommended in a home where the humidity levels are not controlled at all times (ie. summer home/cottage).
- Hardwood in a bathroom is not recommended as moisture is hardwood’s enemy. With showers in the morning and baths for the kids, bathrooms are probably the most humid room in the house. Consider other options for your bathroom such as Luxury Vinyl or Tile – many wood like designs are available in these flooring choices.
- Noise – Hardwood flooring can be noisy when walking across it. Placing an area rug over the floor can help muffle the sound and provides added warmth to the room.