Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood
If you are looking for new hardwood flooring, look no further than us at Fox Floors Carpet One Floor & Home. Our staff is professionally trained and can help you find the right type of hardwood floor for your home. When you shop with us you’ll have several options to choose from including solid and engineered options.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.
Benefits of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood is made from a simple construction, a single plank of lumber. Since its construction is so simple, you have the option of having your hardwood floors refinished. Over time, hardwood becomes discolored and scratched from years of use. Refinishing solid hardwood floors is good for a few reasons, including being able to buff out at deep gouges, as well as applying a new finish that makes them look new again. Refinishing removes any blemishes and allows you the opportunity to change the look of your floors depending on your current home décor or current flooring trends.
Solid hardwood characteristics are hard to recreate, and adds value where other flooring options cannot. When installing solid hardwood, make sure you keep it in areas that are dry and cool, such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space. With solid hardwood, nail down installation is most common.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is made up of multiple layers, which are laid cross-grained and compressed. This type of construction gives the planks more stability, and counteracts wood natural tendency to expand and contract with changes in humidity. You can install engineered hardwood almost anywhere in your home, even in places with high traffic. It is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all.
To see our solid and engineered hardwood collection, visit our showroom in Staten Island, NY.