When determining whether engineered or solid hardwood is best for you, it’s suggested to enlist the help of a professional contractor who can give you the details and information on both, along with what type may suit your home the most. For some with smaller budgets that want a finished and quick project, engineered hardwood could prove to be the most fitting, while those that want dark hardwood floors made of strong wood and with a deep, custom stain, will likely opt for solid hardwood floors.
Engineered Hardwood Basics
Engineered hardwood is a layered composite of thin wood and plywood. With a bottom base layer of plywood serving as the stronghold for engineered hardwood floor, several thinly-sliced layers of wood are then cut and placed on top of the plywood to give the floors their finishing appearance and strength. Much of the engineered hardwood that’s available comes with a predetermined finish, making the installation process both quick and easy for those that know exactly what they want in their homes.
Pros of Engineered Hardwood
The pros of engineered hardwood are mostly its capabilities against moisture and its price. Unlike hardwood, engineered wood’s plywood base serves as a barrier between any moisture and the upper layer of the wood, meaning it flexes and expands more without retaining the water damage of traditional hardwood. Engineered hardwood is also incredibly affordable and can be installed into most rooms of the house with greater ease than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood can also be installed at a quicker rate than solid hardwood, making it a good option for those on a time crunch.
Solid Hardwood Basics
Solid hardwood flooring often takes longer to install and is built using cut panels that are nailed into the base of the flooring. The panels are 100% solid hardwood, nothing else, and don't require layering or combined materials to perform well. The process of installing them can also take slightly longer and requires a larger budget, but the end product is worth it if you consider the quality of the wood itself and its durability. Unfortunately, hardwood doesn’t stand up as well against water and moisture like its engineered counterpart, so it’s important to maintain a dry environment for the hardwood to prosper in. If this is done, then solid hardwood can easily last for several decades unscathed.
Pros of Solid Hardwood
We recommend solid hardwood to those that want a timeless look in their home for many years to come or are thinking of selling in the near future and want the most value from their flooring as possible. Though solid hardwood is more expensive than engineered hardwood, it serves its purpose and may not require as many repairs or maintenance. When you decide to buy solid hardwood, you're paying for the quality, longevity, and durability. What's more, solid hardwood can often be customized to your taste with stains that fit the rest of the wood in your home or match any interiors that you need the floors to complement.