There are so many choices to make when building a custom home, from floorplans to finishes. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the type of flooring to install. Your choice should be informed not only by the interior design style you are going for, but also by your lifestyle, preferences, and the practical demands of the space.
Wood floors are de rigueur these days in luxury home design, but should you choose solid hardwood, or engineered hardwood? Take a look at this information from Armstrong to help you decide.
Solid hardwood is 100% hardwood milled from lumber. It’s what you think of when you think of real hardwood floors. Because it’s a natural material, hardwood will react to humidity, temperature, etc, resulting in shrinking and expansion. One of the benefits of solid hardwood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished over the years, returning it to its original state or changing the finish to fit new styles. It is not considered a good choice for basements or other below-ground rooms.
Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is also made of wood, but is built up of multiple layers of wood. This type of wood flooring, while still “real” wood, consists of anywhere from 3-10 layers of wood glued together. The multi-ply structure makes this type of flooring more stable than solid hardwood, and less prone to temperature and humidity-induced warping. It can also be installed below ground, making it a popular choice for finished basements.
Contact Dovetail Homes today if you are interested in building your own luxury home in Atlanta.
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