Natural hardwood is available in Engineered Hardwood and Solid Hardwood.
We mostly sell engineered hardwoods. Engineered hardwoods are glued with tongue and groove and are much better than solid hardwoods in accommodating moisture and sub-floor shifting. Engineered hardwood is constructed with multi-layers of wood; each layer is positioned in a different direction. This construction prevents the engineered hardwood from warping and bowing the way a hardwood floor might in moist areas.
A hardwood veneer gives the natural beauty and look to the engineered floor just as a solid hardwood floor does. Engineered hardwood offers easy care and maintenance.
Pros of wood floors
- Excellent return on investment
- Warm and solid underfoot
- Natural grain and color variation
- Durable and long lasting.
- Fairly low maintenance
Cons of wood floors
- Natural product so it can scratch and dent
- High plank color and grain variation in some species
- Can be senstive to some water conditions
|Qualities||Solid Hardwood||Engineered Hardwood|
|Materials||100% wood – solid||100% wood – composite|
|Durability||Varies by wood type, width, thickness, and finish||Varies by veneer type and veneer thinkness, board thickness, and finish.|
|Refinish||Can be sanded and refinished multiple times||May be sanded and refinished once, twice, or not at all depending on veneer.|
|Care and Cleaning||Sweep or vacuum frequently, occasional damp mop with approved cleaner||Sweep or vacuum frequently, occasional damp mop with approved cleaner|
|Moisture and Temperature Resistance
||Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuation.||Less sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuation than solid hardwood.|
|Radiant Heat Compatibility
||Limited options, check with manufacturer.||Most are compatible, check with manufacturer.|
Use caution while shopping for natural hardwoods. There are many sub-quality levels of hardwoods called seconds or cabin grade. These are inferior cuts from the lumber mills that typically discount stores offer. (stores like Lumber Liquidators and Floor and Decor). These are wood products that wood mills generally consider a bye product of their first quality woods from the core of the tree. They typically have wormholes, odd size lengths and generally won’t have the long-lasting durability of a select grade of wood.
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We sell only first quality select, certified hardwoods from:
We Serve the Flooring & Tiling Needs in these areas around Austin Texas
South Austin, Southwest Austin, Circle C, Manchaca, Garrison Park, Buda, Kyle, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Bee Cave, Westlake, Barton Hills, Downtown Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Leander, Travis County