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The Difference Between Solid & Engineered Harwood Flooring

What to choose: Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring

You’re getting a brand new, hardwood floor! That’s exciting! But now that you’re researching your flooring options you keep noticing two different terms coming up: solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. What’s the difference? It’s actually not as difficult to grasp as you may think. Both types of wood are made of 100% real wood. There’s no fake wood here! The difference comes in their construction.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Hardwood Flooring tends to be less expensive that solid hardwood. It is also simpler to install and more resilient to heat and moisture. Its core is made of hardwood or plywood with a hardwood veneer attached to the top surface.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid Hardwood Flooring is made from solid wood. Each board is made from a single piece of wood and is about three quarters of an inch thick. It’s thickness allows it to be refinished several times.

The installation of both types of wood is best left to the professionals. However, if you insist of doing it yourself, you may be best suited to purchasing engineered hardwood flooring. Talk to a local contractor like Peter Flooring if you have questions about which type of floor is best suited for you and your home.

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Style and Species of solid and Engineered Hardwood

Solid hardwood is available in the toughest and most wear-resistant species, such as Oak, Maple, and Hickory. You’ll find numerous ways to add unique style to your area with a range of widths up to 5′′ and a plethora of colors and textures.
Engineered hardwood has a lot of the same design possibilities as solid hardwood. You could also come across ideas that are only feasible with engineered wood, such as softer exotic species, unique textures, specific surface treatments, color effects, and extra-wide boards.

Learn about their Durability

The type of solid hardwood and the amount of protective treatment determine how long it will last. Harder woods, such as Oak and Hickory, are more resistant to dents. Solid hardwood, in general, can withstand multiple rounds of sanding and refinishing and yet remain robust for many years.

The hardwood may be sanded and refinished several times, even if the top layer is as large as solid wood. Like solid, goods with a Lifetime Finish resist the best scratches. If moisture, humidity, or temperature is an issue, you certainly want to use solid hardwood rather than moisture. Engineered flooring is less expensive than solid hardwood, but because the surface hardwood layer is thin, most varieties can only be sanded and refinished once. There is no apparent benefit to one type of wood flooring over another; your decision will be based on how important the relative qualities of each are to you.

Peter Flooring has decades of expertise in the installation of hardwood floors with the best quality floors. We will have to match your home perfectly. Call and get in contact with our team of experts!