Engineered VS. Solid Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood flooring can be useful in just about any room. While many people think of hardwood as a flooring option just for bathrooms, kitchen and hallways, it can also be great in a bedroom. It is quite easy to clean and very durable. Some homeowners prefer the low maintenance of hardwood floors over carpet. No matter where you install hardwood in your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. Not all hardwood flooring is the same. This article will explain the difference between engineered and solid hardwoods.

Solid Hardwood

As the name implies, solid hardwood floors are made out of solid planks of hardwood. The wood is milled and treated for extra durability, and should be installed by a hardwood flooring specialist for best results. Installing solid hardwood floors is harder because the planks are so much heavier. The wood is also less flexible, so it is more difficult to work with.

Solid floors have greater durability, soundproofing and insulation. They are also more expensive than engineered floors. But, there are reasons to choose solid floors, despite their bigger price tag. Perhaps the biggest advantage of solid floors is the ability to refinish them many times. You can remove the old stain by sanding it off and apply a new stain to give your floor a completely different look. Since the planks are so thick, you can easily sand off the top layer without weakening the floor. This is not possible with engineered floors.

Engineered Floors

Engineered floors are made out of several thin veneers of wood that are glued together. Only the top veneer is constructed out of solid hardwood. The bottom layers consist of composite wood planks that are glued together. This helps reduce the cost and weight of the product. It also makes the floor more flexible. This is extremely useful if you are going to install hardwood in an old home with a subfloor that isn't perfectly flat.

As mentioned, you cannot really refinish engineered floors. The top layer is so thin that you cannot sand it down without possibly exposing the composite wood beneath. Many people still choose engineered floors because they are much cheaper and easier to install. Most engineered floors are designed with the consumer in mind. They are definitely the way to go if you want to install them on your own and save money on the project. However, if you want a more durable product and the ability to change the finish later on, solid floors are the way to go.

Contact a company like It's Your Floor to learn more.