Hardwood flooring is often a selling point for those looking
to purchase a home. Hardwood offers a warmth and beauty that is not
easily matched by other materials and can be found in many varieties.
Most varieties can be put into one of two categories: solid hardwood
and engineered hardwood.
Solid hardwood flooring has been used in home construction for centuries.
The most common wood species for this type of flooring (at least in
North America) are oak, ask and maple. In recent years, many more exotic
species have been used to create flooring with widespread appeal.
Engineered hardwood flooring is often confused with laminate flooring,
but they are not the same. Unlike laminates, which are essentially a
core wrapped in a few layers of a resin-covered composite, engineered
hardwood is made from multiple layers of actual hardwood. The wood is
stacked with the grain alternating directions with each layer, and each
layer is then glued together forming a stable floor unaffected by changes