One of the nation’s oldest and most used floorings, hardwood, has become popular yet again. Hardwood originated in Europe during the medieval era as a type of flooring used in multi-story buildings. Most floors consisted of two-foot wide planks of oak or elm. Later, wealthy Europeans began installing higher end wood flooring. Paquet-style became very popular in the upper class. With more timber available in North America, Parquet hardwood floors became very popular and were offered at a much less expensive price. Un-sanded, unfinished pine planks became very popular in many homes and businesses of the Colonial era.

In the late 19th century, hardwood flooring went into mass production around the world. Lack of knowledge about proper installation, sealers, and finishers, it was perceived to lack longevity.

Carpet quickly overran the market as many homeowners began installing it over hardwood. Over the years, installation techniques have been refined and innovative sealers and finishes have been introduced to the market. With proper installation, hardwood can now last a lifetime. Many consumers are turning to the hardwood market again for the ease of cleaning and to prevent many allergy problems.

Today’s variety of shades, species, and unique characteristics has brought hardwood flooring to a new level. Hardwood is a timeless classic

Not sure about solid vs. engineered?  Let us help you decide.

Is engineered wood real wood?  The answer is yes. Consumers can be quick to judge engineered products as a  less inferior product to solid hardwood. Ironically, the opposite may be true. Engineered wood has a cross plywood construction, with a solid wood veneer laminated to the top. Engineered wood is actually more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood They are less prone to cupping and can be glued directly to concrete, floated, or stapled. They can be installed above, on, or below grade. They can also be installed over radiant heat. Engineered flooring will also allow for the creation of intricate pattern detail such as Herringbone, Dutch weave, Checkerboard, Subway, and Pinwheel Engineered floors can come finished or unfinished Most people will not be able to tell the difference between an engineered and solid once it is installed.

Solid hardwood is just what is says. Solid It is typically milled from a ¾” piece of hardwood. Solid floors can expand and contract with your seasonal weather changes Installers typically leave an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base or shoe molding is typically used to hide these gaps. Solids have their benefits. They can be refinished multiple times and can serve as a sound barrier. Manufacturing of solid is also a much cleaner process than engineered.

What are the downfalls?  Solid hardwood is prone to moisture problems which can lead to cupping or crowning issues. Traditional solids should not be installed below-grade.  Although some species may be more stable than others, it is common to have cracks and end gaps in the flooring during seasonal changes. Solid wood cannot be installed over radiant heat. The dryness and low humidity can cause the wood to crack or split. Solids should not be glued to concrete slabs and can be more difficult to install.

Owens Supply Company specializes in Engineered Hardwoods because of our climate in the Coastal Empire. We want you to be satisfied with your product for a lifetime.  Still interested in Solid Hardwood?  We will be glad to assist you with your needs!

For more information please visit the following websites:

Mannington Earthly Elements
Mannington Hardwood 
Shaw Hardwood 
Forrest Accents

UA Floors

LM Flooring

IndusParquet USA

Anderson Floors

Mullican Flooring