Homeowners in the greater Franklin, Oak Creek, New Berlin areas love the look of hardwood. However, it’s important to think about if solid or engineered hardwood will be better for your home and lifestyle before you make a commitment to the project. Let’s take a look at the two flooring styles and figure out which is best for you.
What Is Solid Hardwood?
Solid hardwood is just that – one solid piece of wood that has been manufactured into a plank. These planks can vary in width and length depending on your personal style, but each plank will be made from a continuous piece of the same wood. Solid hardwood floors have been a staple of American homes for centuries because they add strength, value, and beauty to the space and have a timeless appeal. There are an endless variety of trees that can be used for hardwood floors, which means whether you want light or dark, uniform or knotted, textured or smooth, we can find the hardwood floor for you.
What Is Engineered Hardwood?
While it may sound like a synthetic alternative to traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood does in fact contain solid hardwood. The planks are made up of different layers, all of which are real wood. The uppermost layer is a thin piece of solid hardwood which means the surface of your engineered wood planks will be just as durable as whichever hardwood style you choose. The layers underneath are all high- or medium-density fiberboard that add to the structural durability of each plank. These layers are fused together under high heat and pressure to create the sturdy planks you use in your home.
Pros & Cons
Solid hardwood is susceptible to expansion and contraction from moisture or dryness in its environment. That means when the weather changes in your home, so might your floors. Some hardwoods are more resistant to this seasonal warping, but most go through changes in the first cycle (typically a one-year period). Furthermore, if your floors are left to absorb spilled liquids or are exposed to flooding, hardwood is likely to become slightly damaged. The biggest benefit of engineered hardwood is that the manufacturing process makes them incredibly resistant to warping. When the layers are fused together, they become more durable and can help prevent tricky warp damage in your home.
The surface of both styles are made of the same material, so you will be dealing with the same surface-level problems no matter which you choose. If you acquire damage on your solid hardwood like scratches or dents, you can simply refinish the floors to restore its original quality. However, with engineered hardwood, only a small amount of solid hardwood is used to construct the plank and you cannot refinish it without wearing away the layer and reaching fiberboard.
Both solid and engineered hardwood have a similar price tag and can bring lasting beauty and value to your home. To learn more about which is best for your home and lifestyle, call the experts here at Floor Coverings International Milwaukee South! We offer free in-home design consultations for you to view samples from the comfort of your own home. Get started today and contact us!