Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

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What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood? 

Choosing between types of hardwood can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. At William’s Flooring of the Carolina’s Carpet One we want to make the decision easy for you. That is why we train our flooring experts on every aspect of the flooring industry to answer the questions you have.

What we have come across over the years is that many home owners still don’t know the difference between solid and engineered hardwood. Let us break down the differences below and answer some common questions we have been asked.

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is just as it sounds one solid piece of wood cut into planks. Most solid wood planks come ¾” thick but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas.

Solid wood is a thicker material, which means you have the option to refinish your floor multiple times. You should refinish your hardwood floors at least a few times during its lifetime to keep its natural luster. Refinishing is as simple as sanding down the floor, fixing any imperfections, and applying the resurfacing finish.

Solid hardwood is best suited for bedrooms and living rooms. It’s not a good option for areas with high moisture like kitchens and bathroom and is not the best option for below-grade areas.

Is Engineered Hardwood Better than Solid?

Engineered hardwood has the same look of solid hardwood, but has added support and stability. Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood. Solid and engineered wood look the same since the top layer of engineered flooring is a piece of premium finished wood.

Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood since the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and balances woods natural tendency to expand or contract from changes in moisture or weather.

Due to engineered wood’s multiple layers it cannot be refinished multiple times like solid wood and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.

Now that you know basic differences of engineered and solid hardwood flooring, visit our Williams Flooring of the Carolinas showroom in Pawleys Island, SC and speak with a professional and local flooring expert today.


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