Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
ABC Carpet One Floor & Home in West Plains, MO is your local retailer for all things hardwood flooring. Our flooring professionals can help guide you through our hardwood selection and help you choose the best option for your home. Many homeowners today still do not know there are different types of wood flooring. When you shop with us, you’ll find a wide range of hardwood selections to choose from, including solid and engineered options.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.
Benefits of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood floors feature characteristics such as authenticity, timelessness, and durability that cannot be replicated by any other flooring option. Solid hardwood is made of 100% wood in a single plank. The simple construction of solid hardwood allows you to refinish solid hardwood to increase its lifecycle in your home. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far as the tongue on the edge of the plank.
Solid hardwood floors add value to your home and are a long-lasting option. Solid hardwood floors need to be installed in dry and relatively cool areas of your home such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space. Installation options include nail down and tongue and groove.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is constructed with a modern design featuring three to seven layers of plywood that are pressed together cross-grain, with a piece of premium hardwood as the top layer. This construction generates a stable plank. Due to this layered construction, engineered hardwood is more stable and is less likely to react to changes in moisture and humidity.
The modern construction of engineered hardwood allows you to install it in more places around your home than solid hardwood. It is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all. Engineered hardwood floors can be installed in your home in many different ways including floating floors, nail down, and tongue and groove.
To see our solid and engineered hardwood collection, be sure to visit our showroom.