Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

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Choosing the Right Hardwood Floor

Hardwood is one of the oldest and most time-tested flooring options available for homes, but not all hardwood floors are the same. You can, for example, choose either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. What's the difference between the two? Let the experts at Walla Walla Carpet One Floor & Home help you choose the right hardwood floor! 

Solid Hardwood Flooring

When most people think of hardwood flooring, they think of solid hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood, which is considered the traditional hardwood option, features a uniform construction. What this means is that each solid hardwood plank is made from a single strip of real wood and nothing else. Solid hardwood planks are thick enough to be refinished multiple times. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding down the surface, removing any scratches and scuffs, and then reapplying new finish. Refinished hardwood floors will look as good as new.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring does not feature a uniform construction; instead, it has a layered construction. The top and bottom layers are made from real wood, and the middle layers are made from plywood. The middle layers run in different directions, and this counteracts wood's natural tendency to expand. As a result, engineered hardwood planks are stronger and more stable than solid planks.

What does this extra durability mean? Engineered hardwood can be installed below, on, or above ground, whereas solid hardwood can only be installed on ground. And, although hardwood is never the best choice for high traffic areas, engineered hardwood can handle moisture and foot traffic better than solid hardwood.

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