Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

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What Are the Types of Hardwood?

Sandpoint Furniture Carpet One Floor & Home in Ponderday is your local source for finding the best hardwood floor for your home. Our professionals are here to help you navigate our selection of styles and options. We make finding the right floor for your home easy. You have two choices when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. As your local flooring experts, we recommend our customers lean towards engineered hardwood, but we do still offer solid options as well in our showroom.

Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

If you look at solid and engineered hardwood from the surface, you won’t see much of a difference. It is how they are constructed which makes them different. Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. This layering process prevents wood’s natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture, and results in the floor being more stable and able to handle more foot traffic. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood.

As durable as engineered hardwood is, it is still susceptible to damage caused by moisture. Even engineered hardwood should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Engineered wood delivers the warmth and added value you expect from a hardwood floor, but is much more cross-functional. Engineered hardwood floors can resist scuffing and are less likely to dent caused by heels, so you can show off your floors to your guests without having to worry about accidental damage. Engineered wood can be refinished like solid wood, but the number of times depends on how thick the top layer of wood is.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood is a traditional option in hardwood flooring, and its classic design allows the wood to show off its natural characteristics. The simple, uniform construction comes in planks sizes that can vary in size depending on the look you are going for. Solid hardwood is well known for its characteristics and added value. Although solid hardwood is beautiful, it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office.

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