Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
Hardwood is a popular choice for flooring as it is a material with a timeless feel and classic look. Its rich, dark tones can really enhance a room. On its own, a hardwood floor is very durable and will last long. It is a natural material. However, there are two different categories for hardwood flooring that exhibit different features and may affect your selection. The two types are solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While both maintain the look of natural hardwood, there are some differences we’d like to relay.
Solid hardwood is made up of solid planks of wood. This wood is in the same natural state that it is when it is in a tree. These wood planks can come in various lengths and have a thickness of ¾”. They also come in different widths. To ensure a tight fit during installation, the planks are formed with grooved edges. While hardwood is versatile and is a great fit for most rooms, it is not a great fit for high moisture areas such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements since it expands and contracts with changing moisture levels. Solid hardwood flooring is available in a wide selection of species and finishes.
Engineered hardwood is still made up of hardwood although each plank is not made from a solid piece. Engineered hardwood planks are made of layers of wood that are laminated and fused together. These layers are laminated in a cross-ply pattern that ensures maximum strength and durability. Engineered hardwood is the more affordable option since while you can choose the look for the top layer of your planks, the bottom layers are often made from more common species. In that case, you are only paying the premium price for the top layers, and you’ll still get the look you want at a price you’ll like! Engineered hardwood is a very functional yet versatile choice.
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