Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

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Solid and Engineered Hardwood

We make finding a new hardwood floor easy at Cluff Carpet One Floor & Home. We have trained our staff on all of our hardwood products, so you can get the best advice possible. When it comes to buying a new hardwood floor you have two choices, solid or engineered. Below we break down what the differences are so you can determine which would be best for your home.

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What Is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is the original wood flooring options. It is a single piece of wood that is normally ¾” thick. Because of its solid construction, you have the ability to refinish them up to a few times, or until you are just above the tongue on the side of the plank. Refinishing solid hardwood floors is important because over time they lose their luster. Refinishing also will smooth out any scrapes or gouges, giving you a new looking floor and the ability to customize the color.

Because of its lack of stability, installing solid hardwood in high traffic areas is not recommended, as well as keeping it away from rooms with high moisture and humidity. Solid hardwood should be installed in bedrooms and living rooms.

What Is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is different from solid as it is composed of three to seven layers of real wood. Since engineered wood is made of multiple layers, it can only be refinished a certain amount of time depending on the thickness of the top layer unlike solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and counterbalance wood’s natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in temperature. You can install engineered hardwood anywhere in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

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