Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Are you thinking about installing hardwood flooring in your home in Burnsville? You may not know it yet, but you have an important first decision to make between solid and engineered hardwood. While both are great options, they are not the same, and it is important that you select the right one for your needs.


First, What’s the Difference?

After installation, the solid and engineered varieties of hardwood are essentially indistinguishable, but they do differ in terms of construction. Solid hardwood flooring is just that, solid. It is manufactured from a single piece of wood. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is a layered material. The top layer is a hardwood veneer, created from the same hardwoods as the solid varieties. The difference lies in the middle and bottom layers, which are typically made from plywood. Use of plywood in these non-visible layers dramatically lowers the cost of production for engineered hardwood and that savings is then passed on to the consumer.


How to Choose Between Them

Location – The first factor to consider when deciding between solid and engineered hardwood is the area of your home where you plan to install the floor. If the intended room has the potential for high levels of moisture (such as a kitchen or bathroom) then you are better off going with engineered hardwood, as it more resistant to potential warping due to moisture absorption. For all other rooms of the house (excluding basement rooms), both varieties make a fine choice.

Traffic – Another thing to consider is how much foot traffic the floor is expected to endure. While both solid and engineered hardwood are very durable, in the very long run solid hardwood will stand up better in a high-traffic area. This is because it can be refinished multiple times, while engineered hardwood is not as conducive to refinishing because the thin veneer can eventually be worn away entirely. Still, if you don’t expect that your floor will have to withstand extreme abuse, engineered hardwood will also last a very long time.

Budget – A final consideration is your remodeling budget. While solid hardwood is something to install for a lifetime, it does come with a higher price tag than its engineered alternative. If you are looking to save some money on your flooring project, you can get the same great look of hardwood, and comparable durability, by selecting an engineered wood flooring material instead. And should you ever move, you can be confident that both options will provide for a high resale value.


Whether you decide to go with solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring, Floor Coverings International has a huge selection for you to choose from. We are sure to have a product that will meet your flooring needs. Contact us for a free in-home consultation by one of our trusted flooring experts!


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