Solid and engineered hardwood flooring
In Banning, CA and throughout our 4 county service area, Panter’s Hardwood Floors, Inc. is your source for hardwood flooring and consultation. Hardwood flooring is available in two types, solid and engineered, and each type has specific traits that may affect the choice.
Every solid wood strip is cut and milled from a single tree. Thickness will vary from ¾” to 7/16”, depending on the wood being used, the manufacturer, and the width. Solid hardwood strips are usually between 2-½” and 3-½” wide, because narrower strips have fewer reactions to humidity and temperature extremes. Solid hardwood can be refinished multiple times before replacement is required. Solid wood is susceptible to the effects of temperature and moisture, which limits the areas where it should be used. Solid hardwood floors should not be installed directly on top of a concrete slab and should include under-flooring such as plywood.
Engineered hardwood flooring
Engineered hardwood floors are made from 100% real wood, just like the solid variety, but instead of each piece being cut from a single tree, thin strips are placed together with alternating grain patterns. This prevents any single layer from expanding or shrinking much in temperature or humidity extremes, eliminating a majority of the warping and cupping that can occur in older or poorly installed hardwood floors.