Solid or Engineered Hardwood
At Rich’s Carpet One Floor & Home we make the floor buying process easy for you. That is why we professionally train and certify our sales people in all of our products, including hardwood. A common question we run into is: "what is the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood?" Learn about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood below.
Solid hardwood flooring is considered the original hardwood due to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a genuine piece of wood with a top finish and in some cases no finish. Typically, solid hardwood planks come ¾” thick, but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas. Some solid wood flooring can be refinished multiple times, but we recommend following the advice of our flooring professionals. Refinishing requires sanding down the floor, fixing any imperfections, and applying the new finish.
Solid hardwood is normally installed in low traffic areas like bedrooms and living rooms. It is not recommended to install hardwood in areas with high moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms, and it is not the best option for below-grade areas such as basements. Ask our flooring experts about some of our water-resistant flooring options.
Engineered hardwood has the same look of solid hardwood but with added support and stability. It is composed of three to seven layers of real wood. Engineered hardwood is steadier than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and offsets the woods natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture or weather.
Engineered hardwood is good for above, below, and on ground areas. In addition, it can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with high moisture.
Interested in hardwood flooring for your home? Visit our showroom and speak with one of our flooring professionals today. We are proud to offer a large selection of flooring to the greater Trenton, NJ area. From hardwood flooring to carpet to stone and even luxury vinyl planks, we have something for everyone.