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With the growing popularity of hardwood floor and the projection that new construction homes will be a key driving force for the wood flooring market (GlobeNewswire News Room, 2015), we provide three tiers of hardwood floor options allowing you to select what fits your style and personality. To give our homeowners multiple flooring choices (wood species, stain color, plank size, etc), we mostly use engineered hardwood in our homes because of its stability and design.

Stability – with the changing seasons here in the Midwest, including the dramatic fluctuation in temperatures day to day, engineered hardwood holds up to the humidity and change. It’s counterpart, solid wood, requires steady humidity and constant monitoring to avoid gaping or cupping. This also means (a little!) less panicking when the dog’s water bowl spills in the kitchen or someone leaves their wet rain boots in the entry way.

Design – If you are planning to use an exotic wood species, engineered hardwood is considered a more sustainable material, as less material needs to be harvested to complete the necessary number of wood planks. Additionally, with the growing trend of wider planks (WFCA, n.d.), engineered hardwood offers selections up to 7.5 inches wide, where solid wood has a general limitation of 4.5 – 5 inches wide.

Flex room showcasing hardwood floor

Hand-scraped Acacia wood is a beautiful solid hardwood option, as shown in one of our Revere floor plans.


There are still benefits to using solid hardwood flooring, and with our commitment to customization we offer that option as well. Some homeowners choose solid hardwood because refinishing is only possible with solid wood, and you may find the style of flooring you want could need refinishing later on due to animals, children, or other varying life events that can lead to damage of the flooring.

Like any home selection, these are very personal choices in terms of your individual needs and style. While we have seen the majority of homeowners drawn to engineered flooring, we have also seen some gorgeous solid hardwood used in homes as well. The bottom line? Silverthorne Homebuilders will help you build your home, your way, whether that is the beauty of engineered hardwood or the classic look of solid hardwood, your Silverthorne Home will be customized for you.