Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials and is still among the most desirable. Whether your style is country, contemporary, traditional or eclectic, hardwood flooring can complement your décor and add value to your home. Durable, natural, and renewable, hardwood flooring is available in a variety of colors and grain patterns to suit your individual design and lifestyle needs.
Children and four-legged friends. Kitchens, baths, bedrooms and basements. No matter the home or the room, Fluss Flooring has a wood floor that’s right for you
Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood
Engineered wood is real wood flooring that’s produced in layers bonded together, with a layer of genuine hardwood and multiple layers of high density fiberboard (HDF). The result is the beauty of hardwood with increased strength, stability, and warp resistance.
Engineered products can be installed above, on or below grade unlike solid hardwood. Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood products could not be installed on slab or in your basement without a special subfloor system. Now you can enjoy real hardwood flooring in those areas without all the added expense. A special cross-ply construction eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction usually associated with solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times throughout the life of the floor. If you are concerned about moisture, humidity or temperature, then engineered is the perfect choice for you! Its layered construction provides stability against environmental changes.
Solid hardwood refers to planks that are cut from trees in one solid piece from top to bottom. The thickness varies from ¾” to 5/16″. Solid wood flooring can ONLY be installed above or on grade, and can be sanded and refinished several times during its service life. Solid hardwood is known for its strength because it is solid through and through and it holds up well over time. Solid hardwoods durability mostly comes down to the wood species and wear-resistance of its protective finish. Harder woods such as Hickory and Oak are more dent resistant, and those with more resilient finishes will perform best against scratches.
Solid hardwood showcases all of wood’s natural beauty but is slightly more delicate. It requires gentle treatment and care to look its best, but for some buyers the look is worth it.
Special considerations should be taken when selecting Solid or Engineered hardwood flooring. Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains, therefore closing curtains or shades during peak periods will reduce damage. Area rugs left in place for extended periods of time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor. Large pets with sharp toenails can also damage even the best finishes.