Solid vs Engineered Hardwood Flooring About Hardwood
Deaton’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Jackson is here to help you find your next hardwood floor. Our professionals are here to help you navigate our selection of styles and options. You have two options when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. As your local flooring experts, we can help you find the right floor by making recommendations based on the information you have provided us about your home.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood:
Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. The layering process not only makes the plank more stable than solid planks but also helps to offset the natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to changes in moisture. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood.
Even engineered hardwood should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. The surface can resist scuffing and is less likely to dent when walked on with heels, so you can show off your floors to your guests without having to worry about accidental damage. Some engineered planks can be refinished like solid wood, but the number of times depends on the thickness of the top layer of wood.
Solid hardwood is a traditional option in hardwood flooring, and its classic design allows the wood to show off its natural characteristics. Solid hardwood is well known for its characteristics and value adding style. Although solid hardwood is beautiful, it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office.
To learn more about our engineered hardwood options, be sure to visit our Jackson showroom and speak with one of our flooring professionals.