What’s Best for You, Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Like many options in the Flooring industry, deciding on whether to choose solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring can be a difficult decision. Both are very similar to one another, but also both represent different qualities and benefits. In Today’s blog we will explore both types of hardwood flooring and give you the opportunity to find the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

The best way to tackle this is explaining a bit about each and then discussing what the differences mean to you personally.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood floors are made of one single hardwood specimen. They vary in thickness but typically the boards will be 3/4″, 1/2″ or 5/16″ thick. the later of the three growing more and more popular among consumers. When it comes to installation it is recommended to be done over a plywood subfloor. It can be installed over concrete slabs and other surfaces when plywood is used as a base of installation.

Solid hardwood flooring has an infinite amount of varieties when it comes to finding exactly what you want. All types of hardwood species and finishes allow you to achieve multiple design ideas. Though you can find unfinished flooring for a totally unique look, I would definitely recommend going with a pre-finished product because the quality of protection in pre-finished floors are simply untouchable when it comes to the years of improvements and technologies that manufacturers have studied and created. Not to mention it makes installation a much easier process.

Solid hardwood floors are generally more expensive than most flooring, but for good reason. Harvesting the materials is a bit more costly than just creating them in a factory, many people will have nothing less than hardwood flooring in their homes or businesses, based on the “pure nature” factor.

All and all it is an excellent floor covering option.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Different than solid, engineered hardwood flooring is actually made up of several different layers of wood that are adhered together in a cross-ply construction method. This give the flooring an exceptional strength and durability that can almost obliterate the strength of certain species of solid hardwood flooring. As far as installation goes, you can expect engineered hardwood to be a joy to go down on any subflooring surface granted that it is level. This is because it is manufactured with a tongue and groove locking mechanism, that allows for floating installation much like laminate flooring. This is great news for DIYers.

While there are still several choices in flooring thickness to choose from, the common options differ from that of solid hardwood, making your main options 3/8″, 1/4″ and 3/4″.

A very important distinction between the two are the moisture resistances that come from the construction of engineered flooring. It is kind of sealed from moisture where as solid hardwood flooring is exposed to the element and is naturally porous.

Like solid hardwood there is a vast variety of options and styles to choose from. The price however is only slightly lower than that of solid hardwood flooring so don’t expect to save much on the general purchase, but if you look at it in terms of saving on installation time and tools, you will notice the difference.

So, which one is perfect for your personal needs?

As you can see there are many similarities between the two, but which one will best benefit you really depends on your subflooring, budget and moisture level of the area you are installing.

Either way your getting an excellent option in flooring that will last a very, very long time.

I hope you enjoyed the blog, and I can’t wait to answer any question you may have. Until Next time, Happy Home and Flooring!

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