Engineered vs Solid Hardwood
Fraizer’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Knoxville, TN is your local source for finding the best hardwood floor for your home. We take the confusion out of choosing a new hardwood floor for your home. Our professionals are here to help you navigate our selection of styles and options. You have two choices when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. As your local flooring retailer, we recommend our customers lean towards engineered hardwood, but we do still offer solid options as well in our showroom.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
From just looking at the surface, it is hard to tell the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. This offsets woods natural tendency to expand or contract, and results in the floor being more stable and able to handle more foot traffic. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood.
Engineered hardwood floors can be installed on all levels of your home, including the basement, and can handle changing seasons. Even engineered hardwood still should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Engineered wood delivers the warmth and added value you expect from a hardwood floor, but is much more cross-functional. Even areas in your home that experience heavy traffic are great locations for engineered hardwood, and you can show off your floors to your guests without having to worry about accidental damage. Because of its multiple layers, engineered wood can be refinished like solid wood, but the number of times depends on how thick the top layer of wood is.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
We are not going to forget about solid hardwood flooring. It is a traditional option in hardwood flooring, and its classic design allows the wood to show off its natural characteristics. Hardwood adds value to your home no matter the type. The simple, uniform construction comes in planks sizes that can vary in size depending on the look you are going for. 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 showroom and speak with one of our flooring professionals.