The two kinds of hardwood

For a while, people thought solid hardwood was the only way to go, but in recent years engineered wood has been taking the world by storm, capturing a significant portion of the wood flooring industry market.

It’s a terrific choice for those who want both the beauty of genuine wood, but who also have a practical bent.

As we say at Wills Flooring, flooring isn’t what we do but, rather, it’s who we are. We get just as excited about your new floors as you. For the consumer, that means you can expect the absolute best in both product and service.

Our showroom is in Lynnwood, Washington. We service Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Edmonds, & Shoreline and Bothell, so feel free to come in to see us and speak to one of our experts.

The beauty of all hardwood

Wood floors add richness, warmth, and elegance to your home.

The Pacific Northwest gets rainy and humid, and solid can get damaged by excess water. As a result, it cannot be installed in high-moisture areas, such as below-grade levels.

Moreover, it expands and shrinks in an attempt to adjust to the weather and, although the acclimation process is fairly easy and fast, you don’t need to concern yourself with it when it’s engineered hardwood.

The only difference between the two is the construction. Each is real wood and adds value to a home and both can be refinished.

Engineered wood is a layered construction. On top is a slab of genuine timber right from the forest (It is also sometimes called the "veneer layer.") Underneath are atl east three layers of plank, combined with some other materials and all placed in a cross-like position. That is what makes it more stable (i.e., it won't try to adjust to the weather) and, unlike solid, it's fine for basements.

Neither version should ever be installed in full-service bathrooms where there can be a lot of water and steam. Engineered hardwood, however, is fine for powder rooms and, as long as there’s no tub and shower, a ½ bath.

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