There are plenty of wood-look flooring options on the market today, but none of them give you the whole experience you'll get from either solid or engineered wood flooring. In addition, these materials range in lifespan from 30 years to well over 100, with proper installation and care, so you may never have to replace them once they are in place. To find out more about the benefits of hardwood flooring
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Solid hardwood is an attractive option that provides outstanding results in various spaces, including living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. These are the longest-lasting materials, with lifespans that reach 100 and 200 years when properly cared for and maintained. It also adds the most value to your home, especially when installed in more than one room.
Engineered wood flooring is an excellent alternative to solid wood in below-grade spaces, giving you plenty of additional options, even though they only offer an average 30-year lifespan. These floors are made with layers of plywood and a veneer of natural wood attached to the top, then covered with a protective wear layer. These floors also add value to your home.
Both hardwood flooring materials require acclimation before they are installed, which can take one to three days but helps keep the materials from warping, cracking, buckling, or splitting. They can also be refinished once wear begins to show, which brings them back to a like-new appearance once the service is complete. When you're ready to start, drop by to consider which species, stain colors, and finished might best suit your visual and durability requirements.