Solid and Engineered Hardwood
Greenville Carpet One Floor & Home is your locally owned hardwood flooring dealer. When it comes to hardwood flooring, you can turn to our professional staff about which type of hardwood would be best for your home. Hardwood comes in many different styles and selections, and is available in two different constructions. Our showroom features a collection of solid and engineered hardwood floors that are available for you to choose from.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring features a modern layered construction. It is made up of several layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain, and topped off with a layer of premium hardwood for the surface. This type of construction works to resist the natural tendency of wood to expand and contract due to levels of moisture and changes in temperature, and also makes the plank more stable. Engineered hardwood is available in most of the same styles as solid hardwood, and is more cost effective.
Like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be refinished multiple times, it just depends on how thick the top layer of wood is. Engineered hardwood can be installed almost anywhere in your home, including high traffic areas like hallways and entryways. It is tough enough to handle kitchen messes as well, and is less likely to react to moistures caused by spills. Since engineered hardwood is still wood, it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms because it is still a wood product after all.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood is considered the traditional hardwood option, and it features a very simple construction. It is made of a single piece of lumber that is usually ¾” thick. A benefit of solid hardwood is the ability to have it refinished. Refinishing hardwood floors not only extends the lifecycle of your hardwood floor, but also allows you to update the look depending on what trends are popular at the time. When it comes to refinishing solid hardwood, you can only go as far as the tongue on the edge.