Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
At Barb-Lin Carpet One Floor & Home in Doylestown we are your local experts in flooring, including hardwood. Transitioning between the flooring you currently have and your finished hardwood project can be a daunting task, but our experts take the guesswork out and make your choices easy. When you think about hardwood, think about whether you want solid or engineered. If you don’t know what the differences are, know that the factors in your lifestyle will help you determine which is best for you. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is crucial that you know what you’re looking to get out of your new hardwood floors. We carry a wide variety of hardwoods in Rustic River™ and Invincible™ brands exclusive to Carpet One to help you get started today.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
You may have seen engineered hardwood and mistaken it for solid hardwood in the past. Due to its construction, engineered hardwood looks incredibly similar to solid hardwood. It is common for people to mistake both solid and engineered hardwood for the other. Engineered hardwood is made with several layers of real wood. These layers are pressed together tightly, making them sturdy and stable against high traffic areas and heavy furniture. The top layer is a sheet of solid wood, showing off the natural characteristics of the wood species on top. It is usually prefinished, meaning that the stain and top finish are applied before it is installed. This means the top layer of solid wood is stained and then finished with a clear coat, making it ideal for families who want a floor that is resistant to scuffs and scrapes. Hallways, stairs, and entryways are all areas where engineered hardwood can be installed, along with basements, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, and offices.
Solid hardwood has been the original flooring choice for many years, carrying with it a reputation of beauty and long-lasting charm. It can be seen in old farmhouses, cabins, and ranches. Solid hardwood has stood up to the test of time but has often been refinished due to the wear from heavy foot traffic. As far as the construction of solid hardwood, it is milled directly from trees. This means that hardwood floors are more susceptible to changes in humidity and moisture in the air. Solid hardwood will expand and contract over time, sometimes as much as ¾ inch after being installed. Each species has a different moisture level, so being sure to have your solid hardwood floors installed by professionals is crucial to keep them from cupping and buckling. Also, be sure not to install solid hardwood in bathrooms or kitchens, as they should not be exposed to moisture. Thanks to nature, the characteristics in solid hardwood are evident in every plank, making for an elegant and refined addition to homes. Overall, solid hardwood adds value and luxury to homes, stands up to the test of time, and can be refinished multiple times, making for a reliable investment in your future.