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Hardwood Flooring Types

Engineered, Solid, and Exotic Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring has been prized by wealthy homeowners for years but these days, hardwood can be installed affordably in any home. Here is a quick rundown on the various types of hardwood flooring so you can find out which one is right for you and your home.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Practical Engineered Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to engineered hardwood flooring, the laminate base is made from composite wood and glue pressed together at high temperatures. A hardwood layer is then affixed to the surface. The result is an inexpensive floor that looks just like solid hardwood but is resistant to humidity and will look good for several years. If you want hardwood in your home but are concerned about it getting wet or hot or humid conditions, then engineered hardwood is the flooring for you.

Solid Wood Flooring

Classic Solid Wood Flooring

On the other hand, solid wood flooring is relatively expensive to purchase and install but it will last for decades. The price and the durability depends on the wood chosen – birch, cherry and maple are three of the most commonly chosen types. Solid wood can be refinished a number of times to extend its useful life while still retaining its original beauty. It is somewhat susceptible to humidity. Choose this type of flooring if you plan to stay in your home for a decade or more.

Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Unique Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Imported from all around the globe, these woods such as: hickory, jatoba (Brazilian cherry), mahogany and tiger wood to name a few, are ideal for extreme environments such as the ones in Alberta because of their stability. They can be quite expensive, but if you plan on staying in your home for more than 10 years, then it’s a good investment. Exotic hardwood flooring also adds to a home's resale value.

For more information on hardwood flooring types in Edmonton and area, contact us today and we will be more than happy to help you find the perfect hardwood flooring for your home.