Hardwood flooring VS Engineered flooring

Of all the differences between solid and engineered wood flooring, it’s the limitations of installation that make the biggest impact on which floor will be right for your home.solid hardwood shrinks and expands depending on the humidity and temperature, and it is recommended only on or above ground level. Unlike solid hardwood planks, engineered wood floors aren’t as susceptible to moisture and heat. This benefit makes them suitable for use anywhere in your home, including basements and sub-floors.

The contraction and expansion activity of a solid wood plank will depend on the floor’s grain pattern and average moisture average equilibrium moisture contents of a said region. Solid planks are best in areas of the home that aren’t frequently exposed to moisture. If you choose to place authentic hardwood in the kitchen or bathroom, be sure to cover it with rugs to protect it from spills. On the other hand, engineered hardwood can be laid throughout your home without fear of warping or rotting.

When it comes to installation either flooring type can, really, be installed by either yourself or a professional installation team. Solid floors can be glued, nailed or stapled to a wood sub-floor. Engineered floors can be stapled or nailed. But they can also be installed as a floating floor where they are installed over the existing subfloor without actually being secured to it. If you plan to install an engineered floor yourself, we suggest that you buy flooring that lock together for easier installation.

Both solid and engineered hardwood floors highlight a beauty of the wood and stand up to the day-to-day foot traffic. But the solid hardwood is known for its durability. Because it is solid through and through, it can be sanded and refinished infinite times during a lifetime. And solid construction holds up well over time. Solid hardwood strength mostly comes down to the wood species and wear-resistance of its protective finish. Engineered floors should only be refinished once or twice before the whole floor will need to be replaced. If your durability concerns are around moisture, humidity or temperature, engineered is the way to go. Its layered construction provides stability against environmental changes.

Solid wood floors can cost more less than engineered hardwood. There are some colours or finishes that will cost more than a solid wood floor; it all depends on the finish of your choice. The cost is not just about materials, although that will be a large portion of your budget, but there are also items like installation, delivery, removal of old flooring or replacing the subfloor to consider. If budget is a big issue for you then selecting an engineered floor where you can lock and secure the planks together yourself and install as a floating floor might be the best option.

Generally, engineered wood floors can really be much friendlier on your budget and can stand up to daily wear and tear as if a solid wood floor. If you do not plan to ever refinish your floors and like the idea of a floating floor, than that might just be the best option for you. There is no doubt that hardwood floors will drastically improve the look of your home, and the value. They will also extend the joy and pride you take in your home every day.