Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
McLeod Carpet One Floor & Home in Bloomfield Hills is your locally owned flooring retailer and hardwood flooring expert. We make choosing a new hardwood floor for your next project. There are two different hardwood constructions, solid and engineered. Our flooring professionals are hardwood experts, and can help you find the best hardwood floor for your home. Your lifestyle can have an impact on the type of hardwood construction you’ll need in your home. Continue reading below to learn more.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Contrary to popular belief, engineered hardwood flooring is made of real wood. The planks are made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers. This layered construction helps to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting due to changes in humidity. The layering also creates stability so the planks and handle daily activity. From the surface engineered and solid planks look the same because engineered planks use a premium layer of wood on the surface. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend its lifetime in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed on all levels of your home, including in finished basements.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Traditional hardwood flooring is associated with solid planks. The simplistic construction allows the natural characteristics of the planks to stand out. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but it is limited in where you can install it. For example, solid hardwood should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home that do not see much foot traffic, like a bedroom or home office. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life in your home.