Wood flooring in Scottsdale has a timeless quality. As one of the best investments one could make for their home, hardwood can last for generations. In order to understand what makes hardwood so popular and unique, we’ll take a quick look at its cousin – engineered hardwood. An engineered hardwood floor is constructed of both hardwood and plywood and solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood.
Engineered hardwood is a stable, less-expensive option for homeowners who want similar qualities of hardwood without the high price tag. While the price difference is small, it can give engineered hardwood an edge over solid wood flooring.
Engineered wood flooring is much easier to install, which can be appealing for DIY’ers, and it’s less susceptible to warping in humid locations as it contains a layer of plywood. So, what’s the appeal to solid wood? Why do people choose to pay more when both are so similar? Here’s why.
Installing and finishing floors is an art and should be done by an artist. Site finished floors requires a high level of craftsmanship and empowers homeowners to have much more control over how the floor will look and can customize the boards in any way they choose. This allows for each floor to be unique, durable, and easier to clean.
However, the downside to site-finished flooring is the chemicals, specifically polyurethane. This chemical is notorious for being harmful to humans and the environment and can take days to weeks to dry. While not all site-finished floors contain polyurethane, most site-finished floors do contain some combination of resins, solvents, and other chemicals.
The easier, and often cheaper, choice of the two is a factory-finished hardwood floor. It’s also much easier and quicker to install without any of the chemicals, odors, or dust that comes with installation allowing you to use the floors immediately. Factory finished flooring also has small grooves on all sides of the boards creating small gaps between the boards once installed, making the floor harder to clean as well. This may not be ideal for those looking for a smooth, glass-like hardwood floor.
Domestic woods come in a variety of different colors, grain patterns, and hardness.
Woods from the tropics are known for their rich colors and extreme hardness.
Distressed wood has an aged look from day one.
A beautiful, long-lasting hardwood floor can be in your future. Making the right decision for the flooring in your home is crucial and so is working with the right flooring expert. The experts at Scottsdale Flooring America are ready to help you in whichever direction you need within the budget that works for you. Our warehouse has your new dream floor!