Solid Wood

Hardwood flooring is made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Hardwood floors come in grades, being select, common 1, and common 2. The most popular types are red oak and white oak.

Advantages

  • Increases home value

  • Contributes to healthier indoor air

  • Available is different styles/colors

  • Extremely durable

  • Can be restored by refinishing

Disadvantages

  • Not suitable in wet areas

  • Prone to termite attack

  • Low resistance to atmospheric changes: expands in summer and contracts in winter.

  • Susceptible to scratching from heavy traffic.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is mad made. Unlike solid wood, it comes already finished. The most common engineered wood types are hickory, birch,acacia, and maple. Most popular thickness are 3/8 and 1/2.

Advantages

  • Adds value to home

  • More resistant to fluctuations in temperature and humidity

  • Can be less costly than solid wood

  • Can be refinished, although not always

Disadvantages

  • High maintenance

  • Can be damaged by water

  • Prone to scratching