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Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Floors
WHICH HARDWOOD FLOORING IS BEST FOR YOU?
You’ve been shopping for new hardwood flooring and now you’ve got a decision to make. Before you do, however, you need to know the what the differences are when you consider solid vs. engineered hardwood flooring.
Nowadays, in the hard surface flooring market, engineered wood comprises the majority of the market but it wasn’t so long ago that solid hardwood was viewed as the gold standard and engineered wood was simply an impostor.
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SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING
Solid hardwood flooring is comprised solely of hardwood meaning that it is a homogeneous piece of hardwood throughout. It has a standard thickness of 3/4″ and is generally 3.25″wide but some styles do come as wide as 11″.
In terms of species, solid wood has a wide variety of options available and red/white oak, maple, hickory and pine are the most popular species. The hardness of solid hardwood is completely dependent on the species and vary from very soft to incredibly durable. See the Janka Hardness Scale for more information.
Solid hardwood comes both pre-finished and unfinished with the pre-finished options accounting for almost 80% of the market. Both options can be refinished numerous times but will eventually become too thin.
Solid wood is nailed or stapled down and cannot be floated. It does not hold up well to moisture and it is never recommended for bathrooms, basements or any other areas in the home where moisture is prevalent.
Having solid hardwood installed can add immense value to your home and, if taken care of properly, can last decades in your home.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Engineered hardwood flooring is made with a thin piece of hardwood that is adhered to the top of a base of high-quality plywood. It’s thickness generally runs between 3/8″ to 1/2″. In terms of width, the standard sizes are anywhere from 3.25″ to 5″ wide.
Unlike solid wood, engineered wood offers fewer choices of species available with red oak, hickory and Brazilian cherry being the most popular on offer. Hard hardwood is the most durable and some of the softer varieties, such as pine, are not available as an engineered hardwood.
Engineered flooring is easier to install than solid with a greater range of options –
it can be stapled, nailed, clicked or glued. Its ability to stand up to moisture is better than solid hardwood but still isn’t recommended in areas that have high moisture levels.
The majority of engineered floors are pre-finished. Unfinished engineered floors are few and far between and are not offered by most dealers. Engineered hardwood flooring can be refinished, but only once or twice.
Engineered hardwood is a durable, practical alternative to solid hardwood flooring and though it does add value to your home, it does not offer the longevity of a solid wood flooring.
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