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Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

At Bastian Carpet One Floor & Home in Allentown, PA, we want to make purchasing new flooring easy for you. We understand that in most cases it's been years since our customers have even stepped foot into a flooring store, and that's why our flooring consultants want to make sure that you're well informed. When it comes to hardwood flooring, you can choose between solid or engineered hardwood. Don't know which type of hardwood is best for your home? Don't worry, we have you covered. Below we break down what separates the two types of hardwood.

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid wood flooring is generally known as the traditional hardwood option due to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a single piece of wood, and solid hardwood planks come ¾” thick but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas.

Because solid wood is a thick plank, you have the option to refinish your floor multiple times. Refinishing your floors is important because naturally over time the organic material loses its sheen. Refinishing is as simple as sanding down the floor, fixing any imperfections, and applying the resurfacing finish.

Solid hardwood is best suited for bedrooms and living rooms. Installing solid hardwood in high traffic areas or area with high humidity levels is not recommended  

Is Engineered Hardwood Better?

Engineered hardwood is different from solid because it is composed of three to seven layers of real wood. Both look the same since the top layer of engineered flooring is a piece of premium finished wood.

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 anywhere in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms.  

Due to engineered wood’s multiple layers it cannot be refinished multiple times like solid wood and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.

 

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