Hardwood Flooring in Franklin, TN from Corlew and Perry

How to determine if your home features authentic hardwood floors.

With so many flooring options available, distinguishing real hardwood from its engineered or laminate counterparts can sometimes be tricky. Fear not, as we're here to provide you with some telltale signs to help you discern the real deal.

  • Wood Grain Patterns: Authentic hardwood floors feature natural variations in wood grain patterns, reflecting the uniqueness of each plank. When examining your floors, look for subtle imperfections and irregularities in the grain, which are indicative of real wood. Engineered or laminate floors often have repetitive patterns or lack the depth and complexity found in genuine hardwood.
  • Texture and Feel: Run your hand across the surface of your floors. Genuine hardwood typically has a warm, inviting texture with slight imperfections like knots and grain variations. You may also notice that real hardwood feels solid and substantial underfoot, unlike the artificial smoothness of laminate or engineered wood.
  • Visible Layers: If you have access to the underside of your flooring, check for visible layers. Solid hardwood consists of one solid piece of wood throughout the entire thickness of the plank. In contrast, engineered wood features multiple layers, including a thin veneer of real wood on top of composite materials. Laminate flooring comprises high-density fiberboard topped with a high-resolution image of wood grain and a protective layer.
  • Response to Moisture: Wood has a unique response to moisture levels in the environment. Genuine hardwood may expand or contract slightly with changes in humidity, leading to subtle gaps or warping between the planks. Engineered wood is more stable in varying moisture conditions due to its layered construction, while laminate is highly resistant to moisture-induced changes.
  • Sound Test: Walk across your floors and listen closely to the sound they produce. Authentic hardwood tends to produce a rich, resonant sound with each step, often described as a soft, natural tone. In contrast, laminate or engineered wood floors may produce a hollow or synthetic sound due to their different construction.
  • Age and History: Consider the age and history of your home. Many older homes feature original hardwood floors, which may exhibit signs of wear and patina that add to their charm and character. If your home is relatively new, the presence of hardwood could indicate higher-quality construction and materials.

If you're still unsure about the authenticity of your floors, don't hesitate to reach out to the flooring experts at Corlew and Perry. Our knowledgeable staff can provide professional assessments and guidance to help you better understand your flooring options.

Remember, investing in genuine hardwood floors is not just a decision for today but for the long-term beauty and value of your home. At Corlew and Perry, we're committed to helping you make informed choices that bring your flooring visions to life. Visit our showroom in Franklin, TN, or explore our website to discover the finest selection of hardwood, carpet, tile, and more. Let us elevate your home with timeless elegance and unmatched quality, just as we've been doing since 1927.