Solid Hardwood Flooring

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Welcome to chestnut flooring. We are the premier destination for hardwood flooring in Toronto, with one of the largest selections of classic and contemporary wood flooring materials to choose from.

When it comes time to design a beautiful work or living space, many people agree that wood is a timeless and classic choice. With the natural, warm character it brings, the benefits of wood flooring are unparalleled. Today there are many varieties besides traditional solid wood planks so it can be challenging to figure out what the right choice for your space is. The primary goal, when choosing a floor, is to make sure you choose material that fits your style and has the durability to meet the needs of your unique circumstances.

When choosing an option for hardwood flooring in Toronto, many homeowners struggle to decide between engineered and solid hardwood.

We take pride in carrying a great selection of traditional solid wood options for unparalleled luxury and quality that our client’s seek. To make the best choice for you, it’s helpful to understand the unique benefits of either solid hardwood flooring or engineered. Although both wood floor options are made up of 100% real wood, the difference lies in the construction. As the name suggests, solid hardwood consists of a solid piece of wood that has been milled from a single piece of lumber. This type of hardwood is prepared for plank style flooring and comes in a number of species, widths and lengths.

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Engineered hardwood on the other hand, is made up of layers of wood materials.

The core of the plank generally consists of either plywood or solid wood, whereas the top layer, known as the ‘wear layer’ is solid wood. The surface colour and wood grain do not match what is inside. One of the biggest benefits of solid hardwood flooring is the fact that the thickness of the wood gives it solid structural stability and allows it to be refinished multiple times over the course of its life. Many people are familiar with stories of old houses that revealed solid wood floors under carpet or linoleum during renovations. Those traditional wood floors from 100 years ago can be finished beautifully today, again and again. With hardwood flooring, the number of layers varies and hence, the thickness of the visible surface layer will vary depending on the type you choose. There are typically fewer refinishing options compared with solid hardwood.

Solid & Engineered hardwood

If you are renovating your home, it is also important to consider which area the flooring will be installed in before you make a decision.

For instance, solid hardwood is typically recommended for the first or second levels of your home, and never for below grade levels such as basements. This is because solid hardwood is not designed to hold up well in moist and damp environments with unstable temperatures and humidity levels. Solid wood has an organic quality to it that people love but it does tend to absorb moisture and this can lead to uneven lay of the planks. Engineered hardwood is designed to withstand warping and can be used on any level of a home, including most basements. When investing in timeless, high quality flooring for your space, one of the most important considerations is the performance over time. There is peace of mind in choosing the natural beauty of solid hardwood to serve as a foundation for your home design. Our experts will help you to consider wood species suitability and appearance for your space depending on the traffic and use of various rooms. For instance, softer, pine flooring would typically not be recommended for a high traffic area such as a kitchen or in a busy household with pets and children. As it will be more prone to damage, yet soft, warm wood options are often chosen for their inviting feel underfoot. Regardless of the species, solid wood will generally outperform engineered wood options over longer periods of time.

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Engineered hardwood on the other hand, is made up of layers of wood materials.

The core of the plank generally consists of either plywood or solid wood, whereas the top layer, known as the ‘wear layer’ is solid wood. The surface colour and wood grain do not match what is inside. One of the biggest benefits of solid hardwood flooring is the fact that the thickness of the wood gives it solid structural stability and allows it to be refinished multiple times over the course of its life. Many people are familiar with stories of old houses that revealed solid wood floors under carpet or linoleum during renovations. Those traditional wood floors from 100 years ago can be finished beautifully today, again and again. With engineered hardwood, the number of layers varies and hence, the thickness of the visible surface layer will vary depending on the type you choose. There are typically fewer refinishing options compared with solid hardwood.

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Solid hardwood can be somewhat tricky to install, and it is generally not recommended to do it yourself.

Typically, it is installed by securing it to a wood subfloor with nails, staples or cleats. To ensure longevity and structural integrity, it is usually best to hire a professional to install this type of flooring. At Chestnut Flooring, when installing solid hardwood, we prefer to use either nail down or staple down techniques, which secure the hardwood planks in place to achieve your desired look. At the end of the day, many decisions come down to cost. When comparing solid hardwood to engineered hardwood, it is undoubtedly the more expensive option to both purchase and to install. However, it’s worth noting that since this classic floor material is expected to last you a lifetime, it usually works out as the economical option over time. If you are planning a renovation and considering hardwood flooring in Vaughan, Chestnut flooring is a one-stop shop for all your flooring needs. Whether it’s a home renovation, or commercial renovation project that you are planning, we have a variety of options to choose from.

We have an extensive selection of high quality materials to suit all tastes and styles at our Vaughan hardwood-flooring showroom. Our experts are highly knowledgeable when it comes to the unique advantages of each option, and will be happy to assist you finding the best materials for your next renovation project.

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