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Which is Better- Solid Hardwood or Engineered?

When it comes to picking out your hardwood floor, we understand you have a lot of questions and at Modern Carpet One Floor & Home, we are here to answer them. One question we often hear is regarding the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Is it important to know the difference between solid and engineered hardwood? The answer is yes! Allow us to go through the top differences between solid and engineered hardwood.

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is a whole piece of wood that can be nailed and stapled down. Solid hardwood is available in multiple widths but is usually ¾” thick. When it comes to board lengths, it will vary by brand and product. One thing to keep in mind is that smaller width boards are called strips while longer width boards are planks. Solid hardwood is known for being able to be refinished, and can be done up to the tongue on the side of the plank.

What is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is constructed of wood and fibers or veneers. The multiple layers provide more strength and stability. The first top layer is a thin piece of word, otherwise known as a veneer, which is sanded and coated multiple times for durability and protection. The layers beneath the top layer are either constructed of cross layers of wood or fiberboards, and are laminated together. Engineered hardwood can be either glued or stapled down or floated. Generally, engineered hardwood is wider and longer compared to solid hardwood floors. 

Is Engineered Hardwood More Durable?

  • Engineered hardwood is more resistant to temperature changes compared to solid engineering
  • Solid hardwood can be installed on and above grade whereas engineered hardwood can be installed on, below, or above grade. 
  • Solid and engineered hardwood provide the same looks
  • Engineered hardwood is considered to be more dimensionally stable
  • Solid hardwood should be installed perpendicular to the floors joints

Have more questions? Contact Modern Carpet One Floor & Home in Annapolis, MD to learn more. Or, visit any of our three locations in Annapolis, Temple Hills, and Lanham, MD. We proudly serve Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park, Crownsviile. Edgewater , Riva, Pasadena, Gambrills, Millersville, Odenton, Harwood and Lothian, MD.

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