Solid versus Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring

There are many different flooring options for your home but what hardwood flooring is right for you?

If you are thinking about purchasing new wood floors or have the urge to replace your worn out carpets with a fresh new look, choose hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is both easy to install and aesthetically improves the feel, look and value of your home. Once you have made the decision of installing hardwood flooring, you may choose whether you want solid or engineered hardwood flooring. While both are 100% made of wood and come in similar designs and colors, they do have many differences.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is constructed from a single thick piece of wood, about ¾ inches, that is protected with an aluminum oxide, ceramic or acrylic surface. A big advantage to installing solid hardwood flooring is the ability to replace the floors if they are damaged or if you just simply want to change the appearance of your floor. Solid wood panels are interchangeable and can be polished and refurbished continuously. Another benefit is that solid hardwood flooring is easily repairable if water damage or other problems flood your home. Additionally, if the wood has to be replaced or you decide to do a total remodel of your space, the wood can be easily matched to already existing pieces. Solid hardwood, unlike engineered hardwood flooring, is the most inexpensive option and comes in pre-finished and finished. Also, residents of Maryland and other neighboring states in the Northeast tend to lean toward solid hardwood because of the look, durability, and ability to withstand and survive harsh winter elements.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood floorings feature multiple layers of wood that are fused together under high heat and pressure. People tend to favor engineered hardwood floors to cover the floors of their kitchen, bathrooms, or any other areas of rooms in the home where humidity levels fluctuate. The difference from solid hardwood flooring is that engineered hardwood is more stable and can be placed directly on top of pre-existing concrete or already installed in-floor heating systems. Furthermore, engineered hardwood can be installed by any method (nail, staple, glue or float) and can be placed anywhere except for rooms exposed to heavy moisture.

Overall, choosing your hardwood flooring depends on where you want your wood floors placed and the overall appeal wood flooring can present. If you are installing hardwood floors in low levels of your home such as the basement or downstairs guest room, engineered hardwood flooring may be the best option to select. On the other hand, if you are seeking a more traditional look and hardwood floors to cover the area of your living room or upstairs bedroom, it is better to install solid hardwood flooring. Both options can increase the value of your home and will need routine maintenance as long as you inhabit your home.

Contact Jim Boyd’s Flooring America

Jim Boyd’s Flooring America, located in Timonium, MD, will provide you will all the best flooring tips and flooring options. We carry everything from carpeting and hardwood flooring to ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring. Whether you’re looking to improve your home or business, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to take on your project and do it right. If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to call our experts for advice. Call410-667-0620 or click here to contact us.

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