The Differences Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Choosing which type of hardwood flooring to go with, whether it be solid or engineered hardwood, an understanding of the product will go a long way in determining the best fit for your home or business. Because they both look and feel virtually the same, it is very important to know the individual benefits. Today, we will be discussing just what separates a solid and engineered hardwood floor.
How will understanding the differences benefit your home?
Simply put, you will need to know the details so that you can determine if the area of the home is appropriate for installing that particular type of hardwood flooring. You will also understand what will make for a better installation depending on the condition of your sub floor.
What makes a Solid Hardwood Floor:
The construction of solid hardwoods are just like the name, a solid piece of wood. This is usually about 3/4″ thick but can be thicker or thinner depending on the manufacturer.
- They are made from domestic and exotic hardwoods that include a plethora of species. Domestic hardwoods describe species that generally originate from North America and Exotics are considered any species that come from foreign continents.
- Solid hardwood flooring is proven to last the test of time, it can be re-sanded and finished numerous time and comes with some of the longest warranties in the flooring industry.
- Because solid wood is a porous material, it highly susceptible to temperature changes and humidity. This makes it difficult to control the swelling and buckling of the solid hardwood in areas of the country such as Florida and Louisiana. Of course this all depends on the specie of wood, as some are far more or less porous than others.
- Installation is slightly limiting as you can only install solid hardwood flooring above the grade over approved wood sub flooring. They also must either be nailed or stapled down, making this floor slightly less DIY friendly.
What makes a Engineered Hardwood Floor:
Engineered flooring is created by taking several hardwood plies and adhering them together in a lamination process. This forms a very strong hardwood plank.
- Because these floors undergo a more advanced manufacturing process, you tend to get a lot more variation in choosing what particular size width, length and thickness that you may desire.
- Unlike solid hardwoods, engineered floors have been designed to withstand expansion and contraction due to temperature changes and humidity levels. This is because of the cross-ply construction used in the production process.
- Installation of engineered hardwood flooring is a DIYers choice in wood flooring installations. The versatility of the product allows in to be installed anywhere in the home whether it be below, on or above grade level. Also the sub flooring is no longer an issue as most engineered hardwoods on the market today can be installed using the floated method.
When it comes to either hardwood floor, you really can’t go wrong. Both are an impeccable investment for your home that are sure to bring warmth and timelessness to any area. Thank you for reading, and until next time, Happy Home and Flooring!