Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring, Which is Right for You?

Hardwood flooring whether solid or engineered is an awesome investment for anyone to make for a home. Often times people can be a bit confused when it comes to choosing between the two. Both have benefits and both have set backs, but one thing is for sure, either choice is a great floor. Today I would like to share some information on both so that you can decide which one will work better for your home.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

There are many different species available. They are broken into two main categories, domestic which is typically North American wood species and exotics. You can expect to pay a little more for solid hardwood than you would engineered. This is because it is more expensive to construct. This fact can turn many off to solid hardwood, however some will not settle for anything less.

Solid hardwood flooring should not be installed in high moisture zones. So, it would be in your best interest not to put it in your bathroom or basement. A lot of moisture can cause solid hardwood to ripple or buckle over a period of time. This happens more during seasonal changes. I have however discovered through my visits to homes that have solid hardwood throughout the entire house, that if you keep the moisture down by using dehumidifiers and cleaning up spills immediately, you are perfectly safe to lay it anywhere. It’s a little bit of extra work, but well worth it.

One awesome thing about solid hardwood floors is that you can refinish them as many times as you desire. This will keep your floor beautiful for a lifetime under the right circumstances. Also you can expect longer warranties when you choose a solid over engineered.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

I have found engineered hardwood flooring to be an incredible floor covering through my research. It typically come in the same species available in solids, minus a few options. However in my experience I have found engineered woods are less expensive to buy, maintain, and install. This is an excellent option for someone who is purchasing their first flooring because of the ease of use.

Many people are still a little unsure of how it is constructed and more often than not accuse it of being a laminate flooring. This could not be further from the case though, because engineered hardwood floors contain no laminates. In fact it is constructed of 100% real wood. It is actually made by gluing several plies of wood together with a decorative top layer of wood that has been finished to look just like solid hardwood.

As I’m sure you have guessed, this layer construction actually strengthens the structure of the flooring, and actually makes engineered hardwood flooring slightly more durable than solid hardwood. Unfortunately though you may only be able to refinish the surface of once or twice because after the top layer is gone, you are left with just the plied layers underneath. This being said though if taken carpet of, your engineered option has the ability to have a life span just as long as that of the solid wood option. So do not let that deter you from this amazing option.

The final thing that I will touch on about engineered wood floors is that they are much more moisture resistant that that of solids. This allows you to install anywhere in the home without worrying about moderate moisture in the air. And because of the construction of the engineered hardwood flooring you will not have to worry about buckling as much.

I hope this helped clear things up a bit about the differences of Solid and Engineered Hardwood. If you have any question or comments, I would love to hear them so that I can help you. Thanks for reading, and Happy Home and Flooring!

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