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A Quick Guide to Choosing Between Traditional and Engineered Wood Flooring
January 04, 2017

After spending time discussing all the options for new flooring for your Tulsa area home, you have made up your mind. It’s wood flooring!  It is easy to understand why, since wood flooring has been a popular choice for centuries for its beauty and durability.

There is just one small problem now. Which exact wood flooring should you choose? This has become a more difficult selection that ever before, but actually it is a great problem to have. The reason is not just from an aesthetics perspective.

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether you decide on traditional wood flooring that is solid hardwood or engineered wood flooring. There are definite benefits to each, so here are some details that can help you choose what is right for your home:

If you love the charm of original wood flooring in older homes, that is generally thick planks of solid timber. While you can still opt for that choice, engineered flooring has become a popular alternative to explore as well.

What is engineered wood flooring?

Unlike the solid planks, engineered options are created with a thinner top layer of hardwood and bonded to other layers. This “engineering” is designed to limit the floor shifting during expansion and contraction cycles.

How do these materials differ?

One distinct difference is that engineered flooring can also be installed direct onto concrete flooring for most projects unlike traditional hardwood. A limitation to be aware of with certain engineered floors is that they are not able to be re-sanded like solid wood flooring – this will vary by the exact material you choose so working with an expert can help.

While they can be grouped together it is important to note that laminate (wood look) flooring is different than both solid wood flooring and engineered options. When you are ready for new flooring for your Tulsa area home, visit Flooring Plus to see a great selection of in-stock and special order materials. If prefer to leave the installation to the professionals – ask about options to have the project completed for you.

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