Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
Deciding on a hardwood floor may seem like a simple task; however, it is often more challenging than many may initially believe. Will you choose solid or engineered, finished or unfinished, oak or walnut? The possibilities are nearly endless, and that’s why we’re here to help you find the hardwood that’s made for you. At Premier Custom Flooring Carpet One Floor & Home, we have a variety of hardwood to suit your needs. We also have flooring experts who are ready to assist you when it comes to your hardwood investment. Ask our experts any questions you may have - they are here to make your hardwood choice feel painless!
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
When you think of engineered hardwood, think sturdy, authentic, and versatile. Engineered hardwood is constructed using real wood, cross-layered so that it is stable. Thanks to its construction, engineered hardwood is even more capable of handling high traffic and changes in weather than solid wood. It can be installed in any room in your home where moisture is not prevalent, such as living rooms, bedrooms, and playrooms, as well as below-grade in basements. Engineered hardwood in basements is a popular option, especially because it is genuine wood. Engineered hardwood looks authentic, and many people cannot discern the difference between engineered and solid wood when placed next to each other. This is a plus for many families, especially because engineered wood floors are often less costly than solid hardwood.
Benefits of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood floors are known for their structural nature, due to their history in old homes. Many years ago, solid hardwood was not even used to upgrade how a house looked on the inside. Instead, solid hardwood was part of the construction of a home. Today, solid hardwood provides a charming enhancement to homes, while also contributing to a long-lasting flooring investment. One of the benefits of solid hardwood is its looks. Solid hardwood is loved for its appealing looks of natural wood that are seen all over the wood planks. Because solid hardwood is milled from trees, different species can change the way the hardwood looks, which is a huge benefit to homeowners who want a personalized design. While solid hardwood is prone to expansion and contraction with changes in humidity, the proper installation of solid wood can limit the effects of these changes. Solid hardwood cannot be installed below-grade in basements or high moisture spaces like bathrooms or kitchens. Solid hardwood can be installed everywhere else, such as living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, stairs, and home offices. Solid wood can be refinished in the future to bring out its natural character and renew its top layer.