Solid Wood Vs Engineered Flooring: What’s the Difference?
When searching for a new wooden floor, you’ll find there are two main options available.
These include solid wood and engineered wooden flooring.
If you’re unsure as to the differences between the two options, below we’ve provided a simple guide that will help you decide which one is right for your home.
Solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring is the most expensive, yet the most authentic choice.
It is cut directly from a tree before being milled into planks and kiln dried.
It’s a fairly simple process and it provides a very natural, textured look.
All of the wood’s natural features are maintained and the planks tend to be pretty thick for maximum durability.
It comes in a variety of finishes including lacquered, oiled or unfinished.
The majority of solid wood floors benefit from tongue and groove installation.
They are also created from different types of wood including oak, maple and walnut.
Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wooden flooring is also constructed with real wood, though it is made up of numerous layers.
These layers are pressed and then glued together in order to achieve a desired thickness.
Once thick enough, they are cut to size. It is also worth noting that it is typically only the top layer that is created with genuine wood.
The rest are made up of cheaper variations such as MDF, softwood and plywood. For this reason it tends to be cheaper than solid wood flooring.
Comparing the benefits
There are benefits to both types of wood.
Solid wood flooring is attractive and durable, though it isn’t suitable for use with underfloor heating.
It is also recommended that it is professionally installed. So it isn’t the most affordable choice out there.
One advantage it does have over engineered wood is the fact that it features a thicker design.
This means if it becomes marred over time, you can usually sand it down to give it a completely new look.
While it can be more expensive, there are exceptions.
Due to how simple it is to manufacture compared to engineered wood floors, some manufacturers do offer it at a lower cost.
Engineered wood flooring on the other hand tends to be a lot better protected.
As it is constructed with different layers, it provides excellent durability. It is also often treated and comes with bevelled edges for an attractive, stylish appearance.
If you have underfloor heating you will also be pleased to know it won’t damage the floor.
Choosing the right type for your home
There are various things you need to think about before choosing whether to add engineered or solid wood flooring to the home.
The first thing you need to consider is where you want to install it. Keep in mind that both engineered and solid wood floors are not recommended for use in the bathroom or other moisture prone areas.
Engineered wood does typically have a splash resistant surface, but it will not withstand a lot of moisture.
Another thing to consider is how much use the floor is likely to undergo.
If there will be extreme heavy foot traffic, solid wood does tend to fare much better than engineered due to the fact that it can be sanded down.
Whichever option you choose, both engineered and solid wood flooring can be an excellent addition to the home.
Provided they are well-maintained, you are guaranteed a beautiful, natural look that lasts for many years to come.
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