Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
At Rich’s Carpet One Floor & Home we make the floor buying process as easy for you as we possibly can. That is why we professionally train and certify our sales people in all of our products, including hardwood. A common question we run into often is what the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood is. Continue reading below as we break down the differences and call out which type of hardwood would work best for which types of settings.
Solid hardwood flooring is considered the original hardwood due to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a genuine piece of wood with nothing else except 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. Since solid wood is thick you have the option to refinish your floor multiple times. It is very important to refinish your hardwood floors because naturally over time the organic material loses its sheen. Refinishing is as simple as 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’s not a good option for areas with high moisture like kitchens and bathroom and is not the best option for below-grade areas such as a basement.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better?
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 woods natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture or weather. Since engineered hardwood is made of multiple layers it cannot be refinished multiple times like solid wood and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.
Engineered hardwood is good for above, below, and on ground areas and can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with moisture.
Now that we have gone over the basic differences of engineered and solid hardwood flooring, visit our showroom and speak with a professional and local flooring expert today!