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The Difference Between Solid And Composite Wood Floors

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Hardwood floors can transform any room. They increase the style and value of your property, yet it are very strong and easy to maintain. However, not all hardwood floors are the same. The most important consideration you need to make is if you want solid or composite wood floors. Both will look very similar to one another, but they do a have some important differences that you will want to consider. This article explains the difference between composite and solid hardwood floors.

Solid Floors

A solid hardwood floor is one where the entire piece of wood is made out of one milled slab. Many people just love the fact that solid floors are natural. Solid floors are usually thicker than composite floors. This adds a little more stability to the floor and makes it more soundproof. This is important if you are considering installing hardwood on the second floor of your home. Thicker floors are also going to be better at insulating your between floors.

Composite Floors

While solid floor planks are made out one piece of wood, composite floors are made out of thin layers of wood that are glued together. The top layer is made out of a thin layer of hardwood, while the layers underneath are made out of composite wood. Don't mistake composite wood for cheap or low quality wood. In fact, composite wood is made out of wood shavings and strong glues. The end results is actually a piece of wood that is more flexible. This can be very advantageous if you are installing over a subfloor that is not perfectly flat. The wood will easily bend over small dips and bumps on the floor.

Composite floors are also generally lighter than solid hardwood floors. This does mean that they will not be as stable. If you do install a composite floor on your second story, you should use rubber pads underneath to dampen the sound. The main drawback of composite floors is that it is difficult to refinish them. You cannot sand off the old stain and apply a new finish years later (like you can with solid floors). The top layer is often too thin to be sanded down, although some style may allow for one or two refinishes during the life of the floor.

Both products will add great style to any room after the initial hardwood floor installation. They are similarly easy to clean and come in a wide variety of wood species and stain colors.