Installing hardwood floors is a great way to improve the look of a home while also adding value and durability. Both solid and engineered floors are 100% wood and give a similar look; however there are many differences between the two. These include the materials, structural composition, and resistance of the wood. If you’re thinking about installing hardwood floors into your home, learn more about the differences from the experts at Floor Coverings International Winter Garden below!
Solid planks of hardwood are milled from a single piece of wood and covered with a clear, protective layer. Planks are usually three quarters of an inch, allowing them to be sanded and refinished several times. Solid hardwood is very durable and can even add more structural strength to a house, depending on the species.
Solid hardwood is prone to contract, expand, and warp if exposed to temperature and humidity changes. This can be prevented by keeping a stable moisture level throughout the home. It is also not ideal in rooms with increased moisture or high temperatures, such as the laundry room.
There are a lot of different options available with solid wood. You can choose from several different species such as oak, maple, or pecan. Solid wood floors can be sanded and refinished up to 10 times, depending on the thickness of the boards.
Engineered hardwood is created by bonding multiple layers of wood together under extreme heat and pressure. The planks are usually made up of 3 layers of high-density or medium-density fibreboard and a real hardwood veneer top layer.
Due to the way engineered wood is made, it is not affected by temperature and humidity like solid wood is. It is also holds up very well to moisture, meaning it can be put in any room of the house.
Like hardwood, engineered wood also comes in a variety of looks. It can be sanded and refinished as well but can only be done 1-2 times.
Which One is Best for Your House?
After all of this information, which one should you go with? While both types of flooring will look beautiful, it really depends on your design aesthetic and what conditions the floors will encounter. If you are ready to install hardwood floors or have more questions about the differences between the two, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Winter Garden a call to set up an in-home consultation!
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