Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
Hardwood flooring is a classic choice that is well worth the investment. A hardwood floor is expected to last the life of a home, and just like a home, hardwood floors only grow and get more character with time. Hardwood can enhance the style of any room and it is durable, resilient and stands up well to foot traffic. Because hardwood can be harvested from many different species of trees, our products are available in many different colors, shades, grains and finishes. But perhaps the biggest factor to consider is the type of flooring that would fit your needs best, and we’re talking about engineered vs. solid hardwood. We are here to help you learn more about the differences between the two categories and answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to speak further with one of our flooring consultants, call us or come in today to see the products!
Think of solid hardwood as the unrefined, natural wood that comes from a tree. With that comes pros and cons, and the same is true of engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood planks are what they sound like- solid pieces of wood that are cut into planks of varying lengths. The standard thickness for hardwood is ¾” and the width is usually 2 ½” wide, although more and more wide styles are being introduced. Hardwood planks are grooved around the edges in order to ensure a tight fit during installation. An important thing to keep in mind is that hardwood does not react well to moisture and can buckle and bend in moist areas. Better to install hardwood in rooms like living rooms or dining rooms than in bathrooms, basements or laundry rooms!
Engineered hardwood is still hardwood, but it’s been tweaked a little bit. Engineered hardwood is made from fusing three to five thin layers of wood together. Because there are multiple layers, this means that only the top layer needs to be the same species to ensure uniformity. But, because the lower layers can be made from more common, and hence, more affordable wood, engineered hardwood becomes a more affordable product. These sheets of wood are laminated together in a cross-ply pattern to ensure maximum strength. Then the sheets are cut into planks and installed!
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