Comparing Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring
When it comes to wooden flooring, there are two basic types of products for consumers to choose from: solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring. In terms of the finished installation, the two look fairly similar, but there are still significant differences between them nonetheless.
Features of Engineered Flooring
Engineered wood flooring will usually come pre-finished, which is not always the case with hardwood flooring. In addition, the edges of engineered flooring are often bevelled, which can give the finished floor a slightly different appearance when compared to traditional hardwood.
Engineered flooring can be used in places where solid hardwood planks are not advisable, including directly on top of concrete floors and in basements or other locations below grade. It can also be installed in homes that use radiant floor heating. On the other hand, engineered wood has a much thinner wood surface, which means that it can only be renewed or refreshed through floorboard sanding a limited number of times. Solid hardwood, in contrast, can take advantages of floor sanding services an almost unlimited number of times, making it a much more long-lasting flooring choice.
Features of Hardwood Flooring
Solid wood flooring tends to be less expensive than the highest quality of engineered flooring, but it is more expensive than the very inexpensive or ‘veneered’ type of engineered wood floors. Nails can be used to install solid hardwood flooring but, despite this, solid wood flooring tends to be more expensive overall to install than is engineered flooring.