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Solid Hardwood Flooring vs. Engineered Wood Flooring

Did you know there are actually two types of hardwood flooring: solid and engineered? Solid hardwood flooring is just that – flooring made of a solid piece of hardwood. Engineered wood flooring is made of supporting wood layers underneath a top layer of hardwood.

If you aren’t sure if solid or engineered is a better option for your home, take a minute to consider what features matter most to you. Think about what room the hardwood flooring will be installed in and the amount of traffic in that room. Then read on to learn more about the various features of both solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring.

Style: A wide range of options are available for the width, color and style of both types of hardwood flooring. You can find engineered wood flooring similar to every type of solid hardwood flooring there is.

Value: Solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring will both add value to your home. However, solid hardwood is worth a little more – and it maintains its value better than engineered wood flooring. On the other hand, engineered wood flooring is not as costly as solid hardwood flooring since the layers below its hardwood surface are made of a less expensive type of wood.

Durability: While both types of flooring are very durable, you can re-sand and re-finish solid hardwood flooring more times than engineered wood flooring. However, engineered wood flooring does a better job of tolerating moisture and humidity. It can also be installed over radiant floor heating so your feet stay warm during the colder months of the year.

Installation: Solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring can be installed over plywood subfloors. In addition, engineered wood flooring can be installed over concrete or as a floating floor, and on all levels of your home. Unless you have a lot of experience with flooring installation, it’s best to have your solid hardwood flooring professionally installed. On the other hand, if you have some experience with flooring installation and are looking for a DIY option, choose engineered wood flooring.

Going Green: Both types of hardwood are environmentally friendly – in their own ways. Engineered wood flooring uses less genuine wood, but solid hardwood flooring will last longer – you can save trees both ways.

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