Engineered Hardwood Flooring Versus Solid Hardwood Flooring

Nothing can quite replicate the look and feel of hardwood flooring in a home.  It's warm, rich, and with so many different finishes available, it is equally at home in bot modern and traditional settings. If you have decided you want a real wood flooring rather than a laminate, you have two options to consider- solid hardwood and engineered flooring. Here's a closer look at the differences between the two.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring that is made from a single piece of wood is referred to as solid hardwood flooring. Each piece of flooring is about ¾ of an inch thick. Because it so thick, it can be sanded down and refinished in the future if need be, rendering it a virtually permanent floor, lasting throughout the life of most homes when properly cared for.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is flooring that is made of real wood, but it isn't one solid piece. A hardwood or plywood core is topped with a hardwood veneer.

Where Can Hardwood Flooring Be Installed?

Solid hardwood flooring is suitable for your living room, dining room, family room, and bedrooms that are on the first or second level of your home. Because solid hardwood flooring contacts and expands in response to moisture and temperature fluctuations, it is not suitable for your lower level or basement, nor is it a good choice for a kitchen or bathrooms. Solid hardwood flooring can only be applied to a wood substrate, meaning nailed to the wood, plywood, or OSB subfloor. Because it expands and contracts, residential wood flooring contractors leave a gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for this movement.

Engineered hardwood is not subject to the same temperature and humidity fluctuations because of the way it is manufactured. This makes engineered hardwood flooring the appropriate choice for basement family rooms as well as bathrooms and kitchens. Neither solid nor engineered hardwood floors should be subjected to water, but an engineered floor is able to withstand a small amount of moisture that might result from use in a basement, kitchen, or bathroom. An engineered floor can be applied over a concrete surface, using an adhesive rather than nails.

Who Should Install Hardwood Flooring?

While engineered hardwood flooring is slightly easier to install than solid hardwood flooring, neither is a typical do-it-yourself job. It's best to have a professional wood flooring contractor, such as from Monterrey  Tile Company, do the job for you.