Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Having hardwoods in your home will completely change the look and feel of your home; they will give you a modern and cozy feeling, or even a traditional feel while increasing the value of your home. Once you have decided to upgrade your flooring you may not realize that you now have a second big decision to make: are you going to install solid hardwoods or engineered hardwoods? Both types are made of real and natural materials but constructed, and act, a little differently. This guide will help you determine which type is right for you.
As mentioned both types are made from real and natural materials but there is one key distinct difference: solid hardwoods are made from one, single solid piece of wood whereas engineered floors are comprised of multiple layers of plywood piled on top of each other with a hardwood piece on the bottom and a solid piece of wood on top.
Engineered floors can be installed in any area of your home: bedrooms, living room, kitchen, hallways, basement and so on. Solid wood floors, however, cannot be installed in areas that are prone to dampness like basements. Solid floors are sensitive to moisture and, if exposed, may expand and contract or even warp. Engineered floors are much more robust and handle a variety of environments much better than solid floors.
Your floors, much like the rest of your home, are meant to be lived on. Both types of flooring here are durable and can stand up to the wear and tear your family will put them through. With this in mind, engineered flooring is just as durable as solid floors and will show every day wear the same as solid hardwood.