When deciding what comparables to use for Part 2 I again thought about frequently asked questions. Customers usually come into the showroom with the idea of replacing their flooring but not knowing what direction to take. Flooring choices seem endless but we will focus on two.
Engineered Hardwoods are extremely popular right now and all for good reason. They are produced with 3-5 layers of hardwood and bonded together using heat and pressure. Don’t let this process scare you, they are built to last. They’re less-likely (than Solid Hardwoods) to be affected by changes in humidity so they can be installed at any level. They are also designed for optimal uniformity which some people find more aesthectially pleasing. They are manufactured at either ¼”, ½” or ¾” thick which is perfect for different threshold changes. As far as cost, they are generally less expensive than solid hardwoods. Engineered Hardwoods can be sanded and re-stained but because they follow the natural flow of the subfloor, they will not look as good as when solid hardwoods are re-stained.
Solid Hardwoods have been used for centuries. They are milled from one solid piece of ¾” thick hardwood. This is the only thickness they are available in. They expand and contrast with the home’s humidity which can cause issues in the future. Some installers leave gaps in preparation for this and cover the gaps with a t-molding. Their uniformity varies depending on grade and they generally cost more than engineered. Solid hardwoods can be sanded and re-stained time and time again.