Hardwood's unique blend of strength and style
Solid and Engineered Hardwood
Wood floors, in particular hardwood, have become extremely popular among homeowners because of their warmth, character, and beauty. Unlike other floor types, hardwood is natural and therefore possesses certain traits that simply cannot be replicated. Plus, hardwood is durable, strong, and long-lasting. We at Carpet One El Paso understand the appeal of hardwood, and we are proud to stock only the best brands in our El Paso, TX store. For a number of years, we have been helping customers in El Paso and throughout Southern New Mexico choose, install, and even finish their hardwood floors. Our specialty brands include Anderson, and we also have Carpet One exclusives such as Invincible Hardwood and Rustic River.
Solid hardwood possesses wood’s natural beauty and uniqueness, while maintaining exceptional strength and durability. In fact, one inch of solid hardwood is as strong as 15 inches of concrete! Solid hardwood also has a thick construction, so it holds value over time and can typically be refinished.
What makes solid hardwood so unique is its tight and dense grain pattern. The pattern gives the floor more natural character, and since no pattern is the same, the look of solid hardwood is never uniform. In other words, your solid hardwood floor is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. In addition, even though the surfaces all look different, they are all easy to maintain.
Engineered hardwood, although it is new relative to solid hardwood, has grown in popularity over the past decade or so. Right now, it represents approximately 40% of new wood installs. Engineered hardwood is made of three to seven layers of real wood, which are cross-directionally pressed together with a top layer of premium hardwood. These different layers are what make engineered hardwood different than solid hardwood.
Why are the layers so important? Because the layers are cross-directionally pressed, engineered hardwood is stable in humid climates both above and below ground. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. Also, the different layers create grains that run in different directions, and this counteracts wood’s natural tendency to expand.