Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Which is right for your home?


Hardwood is an easy way to improve the look, durability, and value of your home. Learn more about the types of hardwood flooring and what you should take into consideration when choosing this type of flooring for your home.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood is milled from a single ¼ in think piece of hardwood. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Engineered Hardwood Construction De-Mystified

Engineered hardwood core is made up of multiple layers of wood stacked in a cross-grain configuration, which minimizes expanding and shrinking. Its construction makes engineered hardwood an option above, on, or below grade. Engineered hardwood provides an advantage over solid hardwood because of the ability to install in multiple areas of the home.

Before deciding on solid or engineered hardwood flooring, consider these factors:
Location, Location, Location

The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

Above Grade — any second level or higher

On Grade — at ground level

Below Grade — any floor below ground level


Once installed, engineered and solid hardwood floors appear the same!

Advantages of engineered hardwood vs. solid hardwood:

  • More efficient use of our natural resources
  • Allows glue down installation over concrete slabs
  • Allows floating floor installation
  • More moisture tolerant than solid
  • Cross-ply construction alternates each layer grain direction for stability
  • HDF has no grain direction and greater density
  • Lifetime structural warranty
  • Minimal seasonal expansion/contraction

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit

Summertime Care Tips for Hardwood Floors

Top 5 Summertime Care Tips for Hardwood Floors

floorKeep these tips in mind so summertime conditions won’t lead to dull or scratched hardwood floors.

  1. Keep the Outdoors Out – When the weather is warm the whole family is lured outside for backyard activities from gardening projects to playing in the sprinkler to grilling out. They dash in and out more often in the summer than any other season, and chances are theyaren’t kicking off their shoes each time. Place entryway mats by the doors to catch the dirt and grit that clings to shoes and acts like sandpaper on your hardwood floor finish.
  2. Vacuum or Sweep Daily Okay, those entryway mats won’t catch all  the fine particles of dirt carried into your house. To help eliminate the grit that will scratch your floor, make a daily habit of vacuuming or sweeping your hardwoods. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. And if it has a beater bar head, be sure to switch off the beater bar. No sense sucking up the dirt and still scratching the floor’s finish with the vacuum!
  3. Ban Cleats and Stiletto Heels In the House – Make them remove shoes with spikes or stiletto high heels before walking on your hardwoods. Such footwear is perfect on the sports field or dance floor, but they may cause denting and related damage to wood floors due to the high compressive force they generate. As crazy as it sounds, a spike heel can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build! And while we’re talking feet, it’s a good idea to keep pet claws trimmed too.
  4. Remember, Water Is Your Floor’s Enemy – Summertime means wet bodies will make a bee line from the pool to the bathroom, lemonade will accidentally spill, and open windows will be forgotten when afternoon pop-up showers pour. Remove spills promptly  from hardwoods with a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. (We suggest Resista Floor Cleaner for the routine maintenance of our customers’ hardwood floors.) And never mop your hardwood floor with water or steam, or use any cleaner that must be mixed with water such as oil, soap, or paste wax products.
  5. Control the Humidity in Your House – As summertime humidity increases, your wood floors absorb that moisture and expand. In just a few days of prolonged exposure, hardwood floors can “cup.” Cupping occurs when a board’s edges rise up higher than its center. Extreme humidity can lead to extensive swelling, causing the boards to press against each other and eventually split or crack. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier in periods of high humidity during the hot months. Wood flooring will perform best when the interior relative humidity ranges from 30 to 50 percent and the temperature ranges from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Follow these simple tips during the summertime and enjoy gorgeous, lustrous hardwood floors all year long!

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit

Featured Flooring: Chosen by Paul Deaton

Paul Deaton’s Pick: Rustic River’s Kingston Hand-Scraped Hickory in Fountain Valley
Rustic River

Paul Deaton joined Dalton Carpet One in 2014, but he is a seasoned flooring expert who came to us from a Carpet One store in northern California. As a long-time member of the Carpet One family, he is very familiar with the exclusive flooring products available only at Carpet One stores.

It’s no surprise that his favorite product comes from one of those exclusive lines. His Featured Flooring pick is Kingston, a product from Carpet One’s Rustic River line. Kingston is gorgeous, hand-scraped hickory that comes in 8” planks. For Paul, it represents the epitome of timeless beauty in a floor.

“The timeless look of Rustic River’s Kingston hand-scraped hickory flooring would enhance the beauty of your home, no matter where it was installed,” says Paul. “It’s the kind of flooring that would have looked as gorgeous in the 1920s as is does today.”


  • Product Name: Kingston
  • Colorway Name: Fountain Valley
  • Sizes: 8”
  • Thickness: 3/4”
  • Wood Species: Hickory
  • Edge Style: Beveled
  • Color Variation: Moderate Variation
  • Warranty: 30 Year (Manufacturer, Finish, Wear & Structure); 90 Day Beautiful Guarantee; Lifetime Warranty on Installation
  • Installation Type: Nail

Paul Deaton was born and raised in California. He spent the last 11 years in the beautiful Sierra foothills near Yosemite National Park. He is maried to wife Erin and they have four kids: Bridget, Hailey, Zach, and Zoe.

Paul worked for 12 years in the flooring industry for Pinnells Carpet One in Angels Camp, CA. He sat on the National Retail Sales Council for Carpet One in 2006 and 2007.

He loves sports, especially softball and basketball.

Contact Paul at:

Office: 706.353.0547


For more information on the products shown here or any other flooring products available at Dalton Carpet One, visit our showroom on the Atlanta Highway in Athens or call 706.353.0547.