Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
At Bastian Carpet One Floor & Home in Allentown, PA, we want to make the floor buying process as easy for our customers like you. We’ve asked our sales professionals about common questions they hear, and most typically it is about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood. Below we break down what separates the two types of hardwood, and help you determine which type would work best in your home.
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, 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. Because of its lack of stability, installing solid hardwood in high traffic areas is recommended, as well as keeping it away from rooms with high moisture and humidity.
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.