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The engineered hardwood Q & A

 
At Couch Potato Carpet & Flooring, one of the comments we hear most often in our showroom is this: "I love wood floors, but I can't have them because of moisture issues." Our answer is, "Maybe you can, because there's another version of hardwood that is more stable, has a better ability to handle water, and can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas, such as basements." It’s called engineered hardwood flooring and is taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry. Read further to hear some of our answers to the most frequently asked questions about this product.
 

What is the difference between these two types of wood floors?

 
Appearance-wise, they both look similar, but all the difference is underneath. As the name implies, solid is one thickness. Engineered wood flooring, however, is layered and, at the top, is your species-of-choice. This gives it the beautiful undertones, quirky knots, raised grains, and swirls for which these floors are so well known. Underneath are three or more genuine wood layers combined with a little resin and then placed in a crosswise position, making the floor more stable, with no shrinking or contracting, with a better ability to handle water. The bottom line is that they appeal to people who want both beauty and practicality.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Can I choose from an assortment of species?

 
About 40 species are available, including the five most frequently asked for: oak (both red and white), walnut, maple, hickory, and cherry. You can also get poplar, rosewood, birch, ash mahogany, pine, and more. Texturing, a hot trend expected to last for years, is available and includes wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed.
 
 
 
 
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Is installation the same?

 
No, and you might save a little money on this process. Solid hardwood is tongue and groove with a nail-down, and engineered hardwood offers a floating floor technique. A quick and uncomplicated process refers to pieces clicking together to mat and then hover over the subfloor.

We give superior personalized service which means we encourage questions. We’re happy to provide detailed, first-hand advice about engineered hardwood. For information and a free estimate, visit the Couch Potato Carpet & Flooring showroom in either of our two locations: Hummelstown & Etters, PA., especially if you live in or around Hummelstown, PA, Hershey, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Lebanon County, PA, Etters, PA, York County, PA, Mechanicsburg, PA or Carlisle, PA.