The Perks of Solid Hardwood Floors
When it comes to buying hardwood floors, but many people are drawn to the convenience of composite products. These products are not actually made out of real hardwoods. They are engineered with wood composites that are glued together. Often, only the top veneer is made out of solid hardwood. However, most new products have top layers that are just printed and have a fake texture. Many people are drawn to the more authentic look of solid hardwood floors. Here is why choosing a custom installed floor might be better than installing a prefabricated floor.
The Perks of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood planks are available in different sizes. Most engineered floors, on the other hand, are only available in generic plank sizes. For instance, 6" wide, 3/4" thick planks are very common. Such a thin floor is very noisy and certainly not ideal for installation on an elevated floor. However, with solid hardwood floors, you can choose thicker wood planks. This makes the floor feel more solid and it also helps to soundproof the floor. A thicker floor can also add insulation between the floors and make your property more energy efficient.
The thickness of solid hardwood planks also makes your floor more durable. You do not need to worry about scratching or wearing of the top veneer. In fact, many people love how their solid hardwood floor wears in over time, acquiring nicks and dings that just add to the style of the floor.
More Styles to Choose From
You have to remember that engineered floors are made to be sold over the counter. This means that they are only produced in generic styles and colors. It is harder to find a truly unique look if you settle on an engineered product. When you install a custom hardwood floor, you can endless stain options. In reality, you can stain your floor with whatever product your want. You can even paint it a solid color. Best of all, you have the freedom to change and update your floor whenever you see fit. You can sand off your stained layer of wood and completely change the look of your floor by restaining it.
Solid hardwood floor installation is clearly the solution for long term homeowners (especially those that constantly like to change their home decor). They will add more value to your home. Best of all, they are more durable and can even make your property more energy efficient.