Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
At Carpeteria Carpet One Floor & Home we understand that the decision to install hardwood flooring represents a significant investment. With decades of industry experience under our belts, we can help you find the perfect hardwood flooring: one that not only blends beautifully with its new surroundings, but is best-suited to your lifestyle. Hardwood flooring is available in two types: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While it’s difficult- often impossible- to tell the difference upon initial glance, there’s a lot going on underneath the surface, so we strongly advise doing a little research well before you schedule your installation.
Engineered hardwood is manufactured using natural materials, with its sturdy composition comprised of hardwood veneers and resins, which are then pressed together in durable cross-grains. The end result is a denser floor that looks and feels like solid hardwood. While your guests won’t ever know the difference, engineered hardwood is a lot more dimensionally stable, not to mention more affordable than solid wood. It can handle humid climates, and won’t ever warp or bend due to atmospheric fluctuations. Made to manage heavy foot traffic, engineered hardwood can even be refinished once or twice over its long lifespan. Engineered hardwood is available in many different colors, species, and styles.
Solid hardwood is the original form of hardwood flooring. Although its appeal to traditionalists is undeniable, solid hardwood tends to be expensive to purchase, and its upkeep can get complicated. Simply put, solid hardwood isn’t the best fit for every situation. It cannot be installed below grade, and is best reserved for areas that stay cool and dry. However, if properly installed and situated, your solid hardwood floor can boast heirloom potential. It can be refinished time and time again.