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New Kitchen Hardwood? Comparing Solid And Layered Flooring

by Clinton Campbell

There are a lot of different materials and options you need to consider when shopping for residential hardwood floors. One of the most important things to look at is the actual wood that makes up the individual planks. There are many different types of plank designs, from products that are 100% solid, to layered, composite products. This article compares the various features of these two popular types of hardwood flooring.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is extremely desirable, if only for the name. That is, homeowners are very interested in owning products that are made out of pure hardwood. This evokes a more stylish, luxurious, and expensive feel in your home; but is it really necessary to pay more for a product that is 100% real hardwood?

When it comes to performance, solid hardwood is mostly unnecessary and indistinguishable from layered products; that is, it doesn't necessarily last longer or feel stronger. However, there are two big perks of solid hardwood. First, in luxury construction, solid hardwood could contribute more to the value of your home. Listing "solid hardwood floors" could help you fetch more cash for your home when having it appraised and put on the market

A solid hardwood floor also stands up better when refinishing; since the hardwood is thick, you could conceivably sand off the stain and apply a new finish many times over the years. If you buy a layered product, you will only be able to do this a few times over the lifetime of your floor, because the top layer of hardwood is only so thick.

Layered Hardwood

Layered hardwood products are obviously cheaper, which makes them popular for many homeowners. The top layer is made out of the same species of real hardwood that you can find in the most popular solid products. The bottom layers are composite woods, and recycled wood that is light and cheap. This is where you save money with layered hardwood.

Basically, it will be almost impossible for you to tell the difference between a solid and a layered hardwood product once they are installed. If you walk into any home improvement store, you will see all types of layered products on offer; solid products are usually only sold at flooring specialists.

As a homeowner, you need to decide if it is really worth spending extra money on solid hardwood flooring when you're shopping around for kitchen remodeling services. Either way, both options can be a great upgrade from your existing flooring.