What to Know Before You Shop
Beneath its protective finish, solid hardwood flooring is exactly that: solid hardwood through and through. Solid hardwood floors tend to be the most sought-after floors. They’re known for durability and timeless beauty, but can also be visually versatile. You can keep a look for life, or sand and refinish again and again. At Armstrong, our solid hardwood is always made in the USA with domestically sourced lumber, a naturally sustainable resource.
Engineered wood flooring has a layered structure: wood top and backing with a strong, stable core made from cross layers of pressed plywood. This structure makes engineered wood flooring a great choice for basements, over concrete subfloors and over radiant heating systems. Depending on top layer thickness, some engineered floors can be sanded and refinished.
Wood SpeciesBoth solid hardwood and engineered wood are available in a variety of wood species. You won’t find every type of wood in every color or style, so if you have a species preference, start your search there. There are two ways species could play into your final floor-buying decision:
- Visual: Natural wood characteristics vary depending on which species you select, giving you plenty of stylish options to choose from.
- Durability: Harder wood species, such as Oak, Maple and Hickory, are more resistant to dents and scratches than softer species like Walnut, Birch and Cherry.