Picture this: you walk into your newly remodeled home to find beautiful hardwood floors. It’s a picture we’ve painted for many clients throughout the years and we’d also love to help you find your perfect hardwood floors. To help you in your search, our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City answer a couple of your frequently asked hardwood flooring questions.

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What’s The Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Floors?

Both wood floor surfaces are made from real wood, but have a couple key differences.

Solid hardwood is exactly what it sounds like. It’s made of planks cut from one solid piece of hardwood and is desirable because of beauty and the ability to be refinished over and over again. However, solid hardwood floors can be vulnerable to water damage, causing them to warp and bow. Because of this challenge, solid hardwood flooring cannot be installed below grade.

On the other hand, engineered hardwood is made up of a thin wood layer which is applied to a core made of high quality plywood. The plywood layers are arranged with a cross-ply structure, giving engineered hardwood superior strength and versatility. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is not vulnerable to water damage and can be installed below grade. This makes engineered hardwood well suited for basements or any room of the house.

What Hardwood Flooring Types Are Most In Style?

The answer to this question lies mostly in your taste as a homeowner. However, there are a few hardwood flooring trends we’ve noticed. Dark hardwood floors are very popular right now. One of our most well-liked hardwood floors is walnut hardwood flooring. We also do a lot of vintage wood flooring installations. This includes hand scraped hardwood flooring, distressed hardwood, and rustic hardwood flooring.

What Hardwood Flooring Do You Recommend?

We’ll be happy to answer this question as long as you give us a call! Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City are on hand to let you know what type of hardwood flooring would fit well in your home. Give us a call at the number below. We offer free in-home estimates to residents of the St. Louis, MO area!

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