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Solid or Engineered Wood Flooring: How Do I Choose?

Solid or Engineered Wood Flooring: How Do I Choose?


Posted in Engineered Wood Flooring by Source Wood Floors on July 2nd 2015
Hardwood flooring not only makes the floors long-lasting; they also beautify the home. Hardwood flooring makes the floors easier to clean, more elegant, and easier to manage because of its capacity to withstand regular use, and ordinary wear and tear.But if there are various types of hardwood to choose from, how do you decide what’s best for your home? Is engineered wood flooring better for your living room or your basement? Can you just choose to use solid wood flooring in every room in the house? 
Of course not! So before you go ahead and decide what works best for your room or office, let us give you a few pointers about the two types of wood flooring.

Solid hardwood

When we talk about solid wood flooring, it means that the planks are made from a single piece of hardwood with only a thin protective layer. This layer may consist of an acrylic substance, ceramic, aluminum oxide, or other kinds of protective coating.
When solid hardwood is installed, it expands and contracts, depending on the humidity. Hence, humidity plays a big role in choosing this as your ideal flooring. Solid wood flooring is simple but elegant. This gives you a wide array of wood species to choose from like maple, walnut, and others.

Engineered hardwood

Engineered hardwood is, as the name entails, engineered. It isn’t as simple as having your wood of choice and putting a layer over it. It involves layers and layers of coating and manufacturing. Some manufacturers even actually use recycled wood fibres to begin processing engineered hardwood. So unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood flooring is not easily affected by external factors like humidity, moisture, heat, and other factors.

So what does this mean? Does this mean that engineered wood flooring is the better option? Probably, but not at all times. You also need to focus on several aspects so that you can make the most out of your home or office. Consider the following as your guide to choosing the right flooring for your room:

  •          Usage. Purpose or use plays a very important role for the home or office. If you’ll use it for your basement or maybe a base for your bathroom, then you have to choose flooring that can withstand moisture, or wetness. An engineered hardwood, for instance, is made specifically for that purpose.
  •          Location. Location is important because while solid hardwood looks more beautiful and elegant. It is not suitable for all locations like the basement or sunken living rooms that are susceptible to moisture. However, if you are thinking of installing wooden flooring in above-grade level, you may want to go for solid hardwood. This is because it naturally beautifies the home, is easier to clean, and provides healthy indoor air quality.
  •          Subfloors. Your wood flooring will work best depending on the subflooring of your choice. For instance, if you have concrete subfloors, engineered wood is better, but if you have OSB or plywood subfloors, you have the liberty to choose between engineered or solid flooring.

Choosing the right flooring for you is difficult. Hopefully, you are carefully guided by these tips so that you can make the best choice for your home or office flooring needs.

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