Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
We want to make choosing a hardwood floor easy for you at Angelos Carpet One Floor & Home in Levittown, PA. Our sales professionals have told us that most commonly they are asked about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood. Below we have provided useful information that explains what each type of hardwood is and how they perform, so you can make an educated decision when you come into our showroom.
What is Solid Hardwood?
Solid hardwood is seen as the original hardwood option. It is a single plank of wood that has a finished surface. The planks are normally ¾” thick, giving you the ability to have it refinished multiple times. Refinishing your solid hardwood floors is important because over time they lose their luster, refinishing also will smooth out any scrapes or gouges, giving you a new looking floor.
Solid hardwood should be installed in bedrooms and living rooms. Because of its lack of stability, installing solid hardwood in high traffic areas is not recommended, as well as keeping it away from rooms with high moisture and humidity.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Both solid and engineered may look the same from the surface but their construction is much different. Engineered hardwood is different from solid because it is composed of three to seven layers of real wood. Since engineered wood is made of multiple layers, it cannot be refinished multiple times like solid wood and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.
Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and offsets woods natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in humidity. You can install engineered hardwood in several rooms in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms.