What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood?
When it comes to new hardwood flooring, you have plenty of choices to look at. You can choose from different stains, finishes, and even types of hardwood. There are two types of hardwood flooring, solid and engineered. First, there’s the traditional solid hardwood flooring, which is made from a single strip of real wood. Then, there’s engineered hardwood flooring, which is specially-made from different wood layers. Let the experts at McCall’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Nashville, TN help you make the right choice!
Like we said before, solid hardwood flooring is made from a single strip of real wood. There are no special layers there is only a strip of wood and nothing else. Given this construction, solid hardwood is strong and durable. Also, because no two pieces of wood are exactly alike, each solid hardwood floor has a unique grain pattern.
Solid hardwood is extremely strong because of its thick construction. This thick construction means that the floor can handle foot traffic and other impacts quite well. It also means that solid hardwood can be refinished a few times, depending on how thick the tongue is on the side of the plank.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a relatively new option that currently makes up about 40% of all new wood installations. It is made from three to seven layers of real wood, rather than only one strip. These wood layers run in different directions, so engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. This layered construction can also be refinished, but it depends on how thick the top layer of premium wood is.
Because of its extra stability, engineered hardwood is better-suited for humid climates, as well as above and below ground settings. It is still not a great option for rooms with significant moisture, but engineered hardwood is certainly less likely to expand or contract under these types of conditions.