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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Which Type of Hardwood is Right for You?

Many of us love the beautiful, naturalistic texture of hardwood. A flooring tradition spanning generations, hardwood flooring is definitely a luxury that’s highly coveted. A tried and true original, solid hardwood was once tough- if not impossible- to duplicate. But this is hardly the case today, where modern innovation has given us another option. Thanks to technology, hardwood flooring is more accessible than ever before: both commercial and residential.


Today’s consumers will encounter two types of hardwood flooring on their next shopping trip: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While it’s usually impossible to tell the difference between this pair upon initial glance, there are some very important distinctions to consider when making your final flooring decision.




Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is prized by history buffs and traditionalists, and it is also a favorite of those who are most apt to frequently refinish. Each floor plank is made from one single piece of hardwood. The original form of hardwood, solid flooring can be a pricey purchase. It shouldn’t be installed in areas prone to splashes and spills, and it cannot go below grade.



Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood looks and feels a lot like its cousin, but is built in multiple layers. Engineered hardwood, while made out of natural wood, is equipped with a water resistant center and a scratch proof outer coating. It can go below grade, in finished basements, and can even be refinished once or twice.



Our Hardwood Selection

As your local flooring experts, Carpeteria Carpet One Floor & Home Santa Barbara is your one-stop source for all types of hardwood flooring and related services. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of both solid and engineered hardwood selections, including Carpet One exclusive brands that aren’t sold in the large chain stores.

Want to learn more about hardwood flooring? Stop by our showroom or give us a call to schedule your free onsite estimate today.

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