Comparing solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring

Hardwood FlooringYou have taken a good decision for having hardwood flooring for your house. But before going further you need to decide which type of hardwood flooring you would like to prefer in your home. There are two type of flooring. You need to analyze both, look out for benefits and limitations and then decide which one is better and preferable for your house. For analyzing both in detail you need a comparative study. Here is a comparison between solid flooring and engineered flooring.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring are milled from a single piece of hardwood which is covered with protective layer which is thin and clear that often contains ceramic, aluminum oxide or an acrylic substance. Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times during the year. Thus it can last for decades and the reason behind it is its thickness.

As the flooring is a solid piece of wood, its expansion and contraction is according to the home’s relative humidity. The home’s interior humidity must remain between 45% to 65% to stay away from warping. There is wide range of wood species in solid wood flooring like maple, oak and black walnut. You can also get regional specific choices such as mesquite, pecan and others. You can also opt for some exotic hardwood from Brazil, Africa and elsewhere.

These types of floors are permanently nailed to the subfloor due to its issues of expansion and contraction. Installers will always leave a gap between floor and wall to contain swelling.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring contains multiple layers say three to five layers Bonded collectively under extreme pressure and heat. This multiple layer helps in getting more durability and stability. Humidity does not affect engineered flooring unlike solid flooring because of the way it is processed. Thus this type of flooring is more preferred in kitchens, basements, bathrooms and those areas where humidity level varies, as long as the moisture barrier is placed between hardwood floors and sub floors.

These are also more suitable for installing over in-floor heating system. Like laminate flooring, engineered hardwood flooring is now also created with tongue and groove installation method. This helps them to be installed in a floating floor formats without using glue or nails.

Which flooring is better?

At the end, the type of hardwood flooring is determined by the place you are intending to install your product and what you want in terms of design aesthetic. It depends all on place as if you are intending to install in lower level of your home or in an area where moisture or humidity can be low or high, you should go for engineered hardwood.

On the contrary, if you want to install flooring on an above grade level and you are interested in a traditional hardwood floor, then you can go for solid hardwood floor.

Both type of flooring proves to be a beautiful choice and makes your home look more beautiful and elegant and increase the value of your home only if it is installed in a proper manner and after installation it is maintained in a proper manner during the period of your ownership.