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1835 S. Broad St. Hamilton Township, NJ 08610 | (609) 392-5513

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A guide to buying hardwood

When you consider the big picture, hardwood floors are quite affordable. They last for decades and when they do start to look scratched, it usually just takes a refinishing, not replacement, to see the original luster. They work with any decor, never go out of style and they add value to your home.

What is engineered hardwood and how does it differ from solid?

Only the construction is different. While solid is one thickness throughout, engineered is layered to give it stability and a greater ability to handle water. At the top of an engineered wood floor is a slice of authentic species, giving it undertones, knots, swirls, and all the features we’ve come to expect.

Underneath, however, are three or more layers of real wood, combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, it won’t shrink or expand to adjust to the weather and can be installed in basements, as well as in some other higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid wood isn’t recommended. Just like solid, it adds property value and can be refinished.

Domestic vs exotic species

Domestic species are trees that are harvested in North America. Exotic species come from places like Indonesia, Brazil, and Africa, etc. and are pricier, very hard, and often have darker, more dramatic colors. Right now, the most popular species are hickory; cherry; walnut; maple, and oak, but you’re not limited to those. Be sure to discuss your needs, budget, and style with Capitol Floor Covering if you're shopping for wood flooring in the Hamilton, NJ area because what you ultimately decide will depend on those factors.
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Trenton, NJ from Capitol Floor Covering

Other considerations:

  • Thickness determines how many times either solid or engineered hardwood can be refinished. Ideal for solid is ¾-inch, while engineered wood is a range from ⅝-inch to ½-inch. In both cases, thicker is better.
  • Wider planks are trending right now. They are more traditional and can display knots and swirls a little better. If you have a small room, however, you may prefer a more narrow plank.
  • Solid installation is a tongue and groove insert, then glued and nailed. It is not recommended for installation over a concrete subfloor because of inherent dampness. Engineered also offers a floating floor technique. The pieces click together, form a mat, and then it hovers over the subfloor, even concrete.

Come into the Capitol Floor Covering showroom in Hamilton, NJ to learn more about hardwood, especially if you live in Hamilton Township, NJ, Trenton, NJ, Bordentown Township, NJ, Ewing Township, NJ, and Robbinsville Township, NJ. Our showroom is located in Hamilton, NJ. And when you are there, we will give you a free estimate on wood flooring for your home.