Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
We can help you find the right hardwood floors for your home at Quality Carpet One Floor & Home. Our staff knows hardwood well and can help you choose from different options when it comes to style and type. When you shop with us you can choose from either solid or engineered hardwood flooring. Below we explain the differences and what type of home setting each are best suited for.
Engineered hardwood is made of a multi-layer construction. They start with 3 to 7 layers of wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain, and topped with a finished piece of premium hardwood. Due to their layered construction, engineered flooring is available in several different wood species. These modern planks are ideal for just about any home they are installed in.
Engineered floors can be used where solid hardwood cannot work, such as basements or on concrete. You can install engineered hardwood on all levels of your home because their layered construction counteracts wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract due to changes in humidity.
Caring for engineered hardwood is very easy and convenient. By simply mopping using a microfiber cloth and an ordinary wood floor cleaning solution they will be good to go. Engineered floors can be refinished, but the number of times depends on how thick the top layer of the plank is.
Solid hardwood is considered the traditional hardwood option. It’s simple construction features a single plank of wood that is available in either finished or unfinished. Solid hardwood has unmatched character and adds value to your space. Solid hardwood floors are great for low traffic areas such as bedrooms and home offices, even living rooms.
Installing solid hardwood floors is simple, and you can choose either a nail or staple down installation. Just a reminder, hardwood is a naturally porous flooring option and is not suitable for areas with high moisture.
Solid hardwood floors can be refinished up to a certain point, and should not be sanded down past the tongue on the side of the plank. Refinishing your hardwood floor has several benefits such as reducing the appearance of scratches, updating the finish to be more on trend, and extends the life of the floors in your home.