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Love Wood Flooring Installs Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood floors are hard to distinguish from solid wood after they are installed. Trained eyes have been fooled. Both solid and engineered hardwood bring a natural wood look into a home.

There are some distinct differences. When to use solid or engineered hardwood is confusing to many people. The concept is not very complicated. Engineered wood behaves differently than solid hardwood.

It tends to be easier to install and less expensive. Solid hardwood floors are a classic home addition. Unless damaged by flood or fire, a well-made, correctly installed wood floor adds value, character, and warmth to the interior of a home for as long as the residents live there.

Not all hardwood floors are alike. Many wood species that become hardwood floors have different characteristics. Understanding the characteristics goes a long way in choosing the hardwood floors that are right for you.

There are situations where one is better than the other. Originally, engineered hardwood was developed for floors in basements, or those built on a slab of concrete. Over the last 20 years, engineered hardwood floors technology has exploded.

Engineered wood can be used nearly anywhere, including places that plank floors are unexpected. Engineered hardwood is more moisture resistant and tends to be more stable. No wood flooring can tolerate standing water.

The increased moisture levels associated with concrete are not a problem for engineered hardwood. The way engineered hardwood is made explains its moisture tolerance and increased stability.
The top layer of engineered hardwood is a veneer of the chosen species of wood. The thickness of the surface and the cost of the product are proportional. Thin layers of veneer cannot be refinished.

When the veneer is 2 mm to 6 mm in thickness, engineered hardwood can be refinished. The build-up layers beneath the surface are necessary and also affect the price of the hardwood. The number of layers varies from three to twelve layers of unfinished white wood or plywood.

The thickness of engineered hardwood exists so that it can be used in various applications without an awkward transition between flooring materials. The most common transition problem is bridging areas between a bathroom or kitchen tile floor and the rest of a home. The use of engineered hardwood removes the need for trimming doors down, or using large transition strips.

At Love Wood flooring install both solid and engineered hardwood. We have more than 28 years of combined flooring experience. We help customers from Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Marco Island, and Naples with hardwood flooring problems such as moisture issues. Contact us for answers to any hardwood flooring questions.

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Hardwood Selection Guide

Advances in wood flooring during the past few years mean that you now can have wood flooring anywhere in your home or business. Where you want to put it, however, will determine the type of wood flooring you can use.
There are two types of wood floors available on the market today: Solid and Engineered.

Solid Wood Flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from ¾" to 5/16". One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade.

Engineered Wood Floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different woodveneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.

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