Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
At Advance Carpet One Floor & Home, we know that when it comes to your home, there are no easy decisions. That’s why we strive to answer all your questions when it’s time to select your new hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is considered the ultimate home improvement for many of us, but did you know there are two types of hardwood? Hardwood construction is available in both solid and engineered products, and to determine which one is right for you and your home, it’s important to take a careful assessment of your surroundings and lifestyle.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is truly a modern marvel, and while it may look and feel identical to its solid counterpart, there are some major differences worth contemplating. Build in multiple layers of hardwood veneers, engineered hardwood planks are then pressed together to create durable cross-layers. This construction enables your floor to withstand higher levels of humidity, since it prevents contraction and expansion. Engineered hardwood has the advantage over solid hardwood, since it can be installed in all levels of your home: even in spaces that fall below grade. It can also be sanded and refinished to extend its functional lifetime.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is the traditional method of milling and installing a wooden floor. Solid hardwood planks are exactly as they sound: planks made from one single, solid hunk of wood. Solid hardwood is seriously stunning to behold, and can add significant value to your property. However, this fine flooring isn’t always the best fit. It doesn’t fare well in extreme climates or moisture, and cannot be installed below grade. Solid hardwood is best reserved for rooms such as living rooms and bedrooms. It can be refinished many times over its lifetime, and if properly installed and maintained, can last for generations.