Hardwood is one of the most popular types of flooring for a number of reasons. Of course, you will need to choose between solid and engineered wood. How do you know which one is right for you? Here's what you need to know.
Difference in composition
As the name suggests, solid hardwood is made from solid wood whereas engineered hardwood is not. Engineered hardwood is still made from real wood but it has a veneer top layer with a plywood or hardwood bottom layer. Before you buy, make sure that you ask for full product specifications.
Which is tougher
One interesting fact that most people don't know is that engineered and solid hardwood are equally durable. They both offer fantastic stability once installed. Solid wood does tend to expand and contract which means that it might need to be re-secured from time to time whereas engineered hardwood is not quite as prone to this issue. It's also important to take note of the quality of the flooring product and the type of wood.
Solid hardwood flooring is best suited for above ground level rather than basements. This is largely due to the fact that humidity and moisture can have a serious negative effect on the wood. Natural wood also needs to be installed properly with room for expansion. That said, you don't want the gaps in between to be too large either. All the more reason to have a trained professional perform the installation. Engineered hardwood can be installed using various methods and it is notably easier to install. That said, for best results, you should still call an expert.
Money is one of the main factors that we consider when choosing flooring. Especially when faced with a vast range like that of Flooring Liquidators. It should come as no surprise that solid hardwood is the more expensive option. Of course, it will depend largely on the type of wood used. Exotic woods are more expensive so take the time to talk with a flooring expert before you make any decisions.
All things considered, there is no clear winner one way or the other. It all boils down to your budget and personal preferences. It is also important to take note of any specific care and maintenance needs. Hardwood does require some special care but it is most definitely worth it if you want to enjoy them for as long as possible.
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