You have decided you want a hardwood floor. Now the next step is choosing the type of hardwood floor you want. You have two different options when it comes to hardwood types, solid hardwood and engineered. Hopkins Carpet One Floor & Home is your local go-to retailer when it comes to hardwood floors because we carry only quality brands and products, and we have knowledgeable staff ready to help you.
From the surface, there is no telling the difference between a solid or engineered hardwood floor. Solid wood features a uniform construction, whereas engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers. Both solid and engineered look the same since the top layer of engineered flooring is a piece of premium wood.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better than Solid Hardwood?
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 moisture. Engineered wood is good for above, below, and on ground areas and can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms. Due to the construction of engineered hardwood, it is resistant to moisture better than solid hardwood and will not buckle due to changes in weather.
Even with a multi layer construction, engineered hardwood can be refinished like solid hardwood, the amount of times it can be done all depends on how thick the top layer of the plank is.
The best rooms in your home to install engineered hardwood include high traffic area like hallways, but you can also install them in kitchens and bedrooms.