What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood?
Hardwood floors can add a lot to your home. They add natural beauty, durability, as well as value! Many house hunters search for homes with hardwood floors. Here at Alford's Carpet One Floor & Home we have experts on hand to talk to you about the different types of hardwood and the vast array of styles they come in. We encourage you to learn more on our website, as well as visiting is in store in Fort Smit, AR or contacting us here!
Types of Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood floors are milled from a single piece of wood. solid hardwood is vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes and cannot be installed below grade or in damp spaces.
Engineered hardwood is constructed of layers of plies bonded together in a cross-grain pattern. . Engineered wood is also treated to withstand higher levels of humidity and can be installed in bathrooms or sub level areas such as finished basements because it does well on concrete subfloors and radiant heating elements.
Solid wood flooring is known to be the original hardwood thanks to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a genuine piece of wood with nothing else added except a top finish. Usually hardwood planks come ¾” thick, but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas.
Engineered hardwood has the look of solid hardwood, but also has extra support and stability. Although solid wood is uniform, engineered hardwood 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 wood.
Watch this Expert Advice video about hardwood floor basics!