Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
What's the Difference Between Engineered and Solid Hardwood?
If you have selected hardwood for your newest flooring project, you have to think about many factors including wood species, board width, finish, etc. There is one thing that many people might not consider, or are unaware that it is even an option, and that is choosing either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. Our flooring experts at Don’s Carpet One in Vestavia, AL are here to help you make an informed purchase.
Solid hardwood is exactly as its name suggests: it is one solid piece of wood throughout the entirety of the board. Solid hardwood boards are more susceptible to warping due to moisture. They will also show more of the natural character of the wood because the grain pattern is denser than engineered hardwood. Since solid hardwood is the same piece of wood through the entirety of the board it can be sanded and refinished more times than a piece of engineered hardwood, meaning solid hardwood can last a lot longer than engineered.
Engineered hardwood boards are made of thin layers of wood that are pressed together to form one single board. These boards have increased stability from solid hardwood because of the 3-7 layers of cross-directional wood with the top layer being the species of wood that you will see when you look at your floor. These layers make the boards more resistant to damage or expansion due to moisture, making engineered hardwood suitable for installation below grade.
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