Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
We make the floor buying process as easy for you as we possibly can here at Bloomington Carpet One Floor & Home. We have asked our customers their most frequently asked questions, and gathered answers to deliver back to you. A common question we run into is about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood. Continue reading below as we break down the differences and hopefully help you decide which types of hardwood would be right for your next project.
Solid hardwood is generally known as the traditional hardwood due to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a genuine piece of wood with nothing else except a top finish. Typically, solid hardwood planks come ¾” thick but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas. Since solid wood is a thicker material, you have the ability to refinish them 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 resurfacing finish!
Solid hardwood is best suited for rooms with lower foot traffic such as 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.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better than Solid Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood looks just like solid hardwood from the surface, but has added support and stability underneath. Engineered hardwood 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 counterbalances woods natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture or weather. Engineered wood is good for above, below, and on ground areas and can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with moisture.
Due to engineered wood’s multiple layers it cannot be refinished multiple times like solid wood and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.
Now that we have gone over the basic differences of engineered and solid hardwood flooring, we encourage you to fill out a contact form below, or to visit our showroom and speak with a professional and local flooring expert today!