Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

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Solid and Engineered Hardwood

At Brian-Holloway Carpet One Floor & Home, we want to make buying a new floor as easy as possible. The most common question we run into often when customers are looking at new hardwood flooring is what’s the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood? Continue reading below as we break down the differences and call out which type of hardwood would work best for you and your home.

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What Is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood has earned the reputation of being the traditional hardwood option. Solid hardwood is composed of one solid strip of wood with a finished surface. In most cases, solid hardwood comes in planks that are ¾’’ thick, but there are other options available for areas that see high foot traffic.

Since solid wood is a thick material, you can refinish your floor multiple times. It is important to refinish your hardwood floors because naturally over time the organic material loses its luster. Refinishing can be as simple as sanding down the floor, fixing any imperfections, and applying the resurfacing finish. You can install solid hardwood floors in on and above level rooms in your home like dens, living rooms, and bedrooms.

What Is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and counterbalances woods tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture or weather. Engineered wood is good for above, below, and on ground areas like finished basements, dens, and living rooms. It can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with moisture.

Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood cannot be refinished multiple times because of its multiple layers.

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