West Houston Hardwood

Hardwoods are a smart addition to any West Houston area home because they are durable, available in a wide variety of looks and colors, and also add value! One of the major decisions you’ll have to make when installing hardwoods is between solid and engineered. While both are made from real wood, the way they are made is very different which provides different benefits and drawbacks. Read below to learn all about this from the experts at Floor Coverings International West Houston!

The Basics

Solid hardwood planks are cut from a single piece of wood. Engineered hardwoods are created a bit differently. Planks are made up of many layers of plywood and then topped with a veneer of the hardwood species you’re going for. Solid hardwood planks are generally thicker, so they are a bit more durable and can be sanded and refinished several more times than engineered hardwood can.


Both solid and engineered hardwoods are available in a wide variety of looks. Pick from different popular species such as white oak, walnut, maple, and more! You can customize your floors further with different sheens, stains, board widths, textures, and more. Our design associates can work with you to help select the best look for your unique home.

Other Things to Note

Since solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood, it can expand and contract with changes in humidity. It is also more prone to water damage, so homeowners should avoid installing it in rooms with high levels of moisture such as the bathroom. Engineered hardwoods are generally cheaper, but not always. Both hardwoods have similar maintenance requirements, just sweep and use a damp mop as needed.

We’ll go over all of this and more during your free design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International West Houston. We proudly serve the greater West Houston and Sugar Land areas and look forward to working with you!

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