Traditional hardwood flooring is exceptional in its quality, durability, and beauty. That being said, there is another option to consider, engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring has two layers and are fused together permanently. The foundation (bottom) layer is a stable wooden core, and the top layer is hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to resist expansion and contraction from changes in temperature and/or moisture.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring or Solid Hardwood Flooring - Which is better?
When deciding between these two types of flooring, here are some things to consider:
● Excessive Moisture and Temperature Changes
Some places, where engineered hardwood flooring may be a better materials choice, include rooms where the flooring may experience exposure to water such as a laundry room, bathrooms, or a basement. Using engineered hardwood flooring in such places is a superior choice over using traditional solid wood flooring. Solid wood flooring does not perform as well when exposed to such conditions.
● Saving Money
Engineered hardwood flooring and traditional solid hardwood flooring both perform well in temperature-stable, dry conditions. Engineered hardwood flooring is generally less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring, in general, requires more maintenance than engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is made with a manufacturing process that includes pressure treatments and conditioners to give the flooring more strength, durability, and stain resistance.
There is a difference between the two types of flooring when it comes to hardwood floor refinishing. Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished many more times than engineered hardwood flooring. Care must be taken when refinishing engineered hardwood flooring to avoid sanding through to the underlying solid wood core layer that is beneath the hardwood layer. If you already have engineered hardwood flooring, for the best results be sure to use the expert professionals at UB Hardwood for floor refinishing.
● Variety of Style
Solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring are available in many beautiful styles. Just take a look at the stunning results in our gallery, and you will get excited about having such elegant flooring installed in your home!
Curious about what will work best in your home? Give UB Hardwoods a call at 763-807-4500 for a free estimate and to ask any questions.