The Difference Between Solid And Engineered Floors

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Installing hardwood floors is a great way to add some class to any room. Hardwood flooring is sturdy, durable, and stylish all at once. However, not all hardwood flooring products are the same. There are many things you need to consider when searching for the right product for your home. Two of the most common types of hardwood are solid and engineered floors. This article explains the difference between hardwood that is solid and hardwood that has engineered construction.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is made out of real wood. The main difference is that it is layered, and only the top layer is made out of high quality hardwood like hickory, oak, maple, or bamboo. The lower layers consist of lightweight composite woods. This ultimately helps reduce not only the weight, but also the price tag. Engineered floors are almost always cheaper than comparable solid floors. That is, an engineered oak floor will cost less per square foot then a solid oak floor. Most engineered floors are also prefinished. Since the top layer is thin, you often have to live with this finish until you change your floor completely. If you try to sand off your existing finish, you run the risk of sanding through the expensive layer of hardwood on top and exposing the cheap composite wood underneath. However, there are some engineered products that are thick enough to be refinished once or twice.

Solid Floors

The first perk of a solid floor is that you can refinish it almost as many times as you want. This is definitely advantageous if you plan on living in your home for many years and also like to frequently change your style and decor. Admittedly, some people just like solid floors because they add more value to their home. In reality, the floor might look identical to an engineered product, but the fact that it is solid is attractive to homeowners, appraisers, and buyers. While engineered floors might be a cheaper product, they are in no way lower quality. They should last just as long and look just as great as solid floors as long as you properly maintain them.

In the end, you should make your decision based on your budget. If you're worried about the cost effectiveness of your project, engineered floors are definitely the way to go. However, if you want to add some more value to your property, solid might be a better option. For more information, contact local professionals like Woodharbor Kitchen & Bath.

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