Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
Valley Carpet One Floor & Home is your local hardwood flooring expert. When it comes down to finding your new hardwood floors, there are two different constructions including solid and engineered. Our hardwood experts can help you determine the type of hardwood you need, and if your home is suitable for hardwood. We help determine this by testing your home for moisture and humidity levels. Your lifestyle and level of activity in your home can impact the type of hardwood you should install in your home. Continue reading below to learn more.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
It is important not to compare engineered hardwood to laminate flooring. Although they have similar construction, that is all they have in common. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of 3 to 7 layers of real wood veneers and a surface layer of premium wood. The layered construction makes the planks more stable. Another benefit of engineered planks is they can resist expanding and contracting due to changes in moisture and humidity. Engineered planks are designed to handle active households with children and pets. The surface resists scratching and scuffing and can also be refinished.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood planks are the original flooring option, before floor covering was a thing. The simplistic construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home. It is, however, limited to where you can install it around your home. Solid hardwood today should be installed in cool, dry spaces around your home like in bedrooms and living rooms. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.