Hardwood Flooring

Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to replace the floors in your home, or maybe you’re building your dream home and you are trying to choose the best flooring. Either way, you’re bound to come across plenty of options. One of the most popular options is, of course, hardwood.

However, it’s not as simple as walking into a store and just picking up some hardwood. There are different types that you’ll need to consider, namely engineered or solid hardwood. You’re probably wondering: What’s the difference? Which one is right for me? To help you decide which option you will love for years to come, we put together this article which breaks down the differences between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood.

Engineered Vs. Solid – Composition

Solid hardwood flooring is made from – you guessed it – solid wood. It is cut from the tree in a solid piece – there are several different ways to cut a board from a tree, and each one has different characteristics. There is rift sawn, quarter sawn, log sawn – each has a different look. This is the covered in another blog post, All About Hardwood Flooring.

Engineered hardwood is also made from real wood – but with a slight difference. The top layer consists of a hardwood veneer while the core or bottom layer is made from hardwood or plywood. It’s always a good idea to ask for detailed product descriptions and technical information before making your choice.

Engineered Vs. Solid – Durability

Whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood, you will be happy to know that they both offer superb stability and durability. It is worth noting that wood does contract and expand so you might find that your solid hardwood will need to be re-secured to the sub-floor over time.

Engineered hardwood flooring is less prone to expansion and contraction due to temperature/humidity variations. This makes them a bit more resistant to rippling or buckling. The better quality the engineered hardwood floor, the tougher it will be.

Engineered Vs. Solid – Installation

When it comes to installing solid hardwood floors, it’s important to remember that they are best suited for installation above ground level. In other words, they are not meant for rooms like basements – or any room that has a concrete sub-floor. Typically, they need to be nailed, stapled or glued to a wood sub-floor. It’s also important to allow enough space for the natural contraction and expansion of the wood. If they are too loose, the gaps in between will become too wide. If they are placed too close together, it can cause the floor to buckle.

Engineered hardwood floors can be installed using glue, nail, staple or even a floating method. It can be installed over radiant heat. It can even be installed in basements, or in high-rise buildings with concrete-slab sub-floors.

For both solid and engineered hardwood floors, it’s still best to have an expert perform the installation. Not only will you enjoy more aesthetically pleasing results, but it will be a lot quicker too. Furthermore, every manufacturer warranty hinges on the quality of the installation. The flooring must be installed correctly for the warranty to be in full effect, so in the long run, it pays to get it done correctly.

Engineered Vs. Solid – Price

It’s no secret that money is usually the greatest determining factor when it comes to just about everything in life. When planning something like a home renovation, your budget is certainly something that needs to be considered.

In most cases, the available price ranges for engineered and solid hardwood overlap. That is, you can always find cheap product, if you look hard enough. Conversely, some places just seem to be out to lunch with their high pricing. However, it usually boils down to the quality of the wood and the wood species. Do your research, so you’ll be properly informed and understand exactly what you are getting for your money.

These points are important to keep in mind when shopping for hardwood flooring. If you are looking for the finest quality engineered or solid hardwood flooring, we invite you to visit the website Best-Flooring.ca for more information. We ship to many locations all across Southern Ontario, including every major city. We can also arrange a local delivery service to get the product from the shipping depot right to your front door.

We carry a wide variety of solid and engineered hardwood flooring to suit every preference and budget. Feel free to ask for professional advice as well as product details that will allow you to make the best-informed decision. Whether for home or office, we have the perfect quality flooring solutions for you!

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4 thoughts on “Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  1. Michelle says:

    Can you refinish engineered floors like you can with hardwood??

    1. Andrew says:

      It depends on the thickness of the veneer layer. A general rule of thumb is 1mm for each sanding. So, in order to have any veneer left after sanding, you should start with at least 2 mm, or more. If the veneer is that thin, you will want to hire a professional refinisher to do it – it will be very touchy. Also, any textured surface treatment (hand-scraping, wire-brushing, etc) will be gone. You will be left with a smooth floor after sanding.

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