Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

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When most homeowners consider hardwood flooring, they think about solid hardwood. Solid hardwood is a time-tested flooring option that can add value to your home for years. But, there is a more durable alternative to solid hardwood: engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood has a special construction, so it can better-handle everyday wear and tear.

Be sure to visit Hyland Carpet One Floor & Home in Sudbury to check out our selection of solid and engineered hardwood.

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What Is Solid Hardwood Flooring?

Solid hardwood flooring is considered the more traditional hardwood option. Solid planks have a uniform construction, as they are made from single strips of real wood. The surface is treated and finished for some extra wear resistance, but the planks themselves do maintain a 100% wood construction. Typically, solid hardwood planks are 3/4" to 1" thick, so they can be refinished multiple times. What does refinishing mean? Hardwood refinishing is a process in which the wood surface is sanded down to remove any scratches and scuffs. Then, new finish is applied for long-lasting beauty and protection.

For the most part, solid hardwood flooring is recommended for on ground settings.

What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

What makes engineered hardwood flooring different is its special construction. Engineered hardwood planks are actually made from multiple layers of wood that are cross-directionally pressed together with a top layer of authentic wood. Given this layered construction, engineered hardwood is less likely to expand or contract, so it is much more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. That said, engineered hardwood cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood, unlike solid hardwood, can be installed below, on, or above ground. It can also handle foot traffic and moisture better than solid hardwood. However, we still do not recommend installing engineered hardwood in areas with heavy foot traffic and moisture. So, in kitchens and bathrooms, you should opt for luxury vinyl or tile.