Many have thought extensively about how to add some natural beauty to their rooms. In the end, when it comes to adding more warmth that is natural and aesthetic, nothing works better than the admirable, splendid, and unfailing outlook of wood flooring. Some have, however, wondered which is preferable in terms of the options of Engineered Hardwood or Solid Hardwood. I’d tell you why you might prefer the former over the later. Join me closely!
First off, you might want to know that both Solid and Engineered Hardwood are contrived and invented from 100% wood. This means that when they’re used, it still makes your floor maintain and preserve its exceptional and distinctive appearance, as well as its feel of natural timber. These two types of Hardwood have different looks and colors; however, there are distinct and significant peculiarities that would make you prefer Engineered Hardwood. They are as follows:
1. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD IS EXTREMELY TOUGH AND STRONGER!
Solid Hardwood is pulverized and milled form an actual thick piece of lumber, and so its thickness is from ¾ inch to 7/16 inch. However, engineered wood is made by attaching several high-density fiberboard layers, compressed inside a solid wood top layer, and then with a hardwood backing. In summary, the construction and make is different, and Engineered Hardwood is extremely tough and more durable.
2. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD DOES NOT FLUCTUATE; IT IS MORE FLEXIBLE!
Now, because of the distinct and unique construction of engineered wood, which makes it form quite a rigid structure, it consequently does not gap, buckle, or react to fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Solid wood, on the other hand, fluctuates a lot and is often used for ground-level rooms and above. Engineered wood can again be installed on any level, even below ground, as it has a large capacity for expansion and contraction.
3. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD IS ALSO VERY DURABLE AND MORE STABLE!
Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood have extreme durability in terms of coating capability of withstanding harsh handling and treatment. Nevertheless, it will interest to know that engineered floors are made and built in such a way that they are made to have enhanced and intensified stability compared to Solid Hardwood. Hence, they are slightly more resistant to buckling as well as wear and tear.
4. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD IS EASIER TO MAINTAIN!
As time goes by, hardwood floors become more attractive. However, the surfaces are likely to get somewhat dull and develop some scuffs and marks. For Solid Hardwood, it can be sanded and resurfaced several times, depending on how thick it is. However, for Engineered Hardwood boards, it only needs refinishing probably once or twice in the floor’s lifespan!
5. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD IS CHEAPER!
Everyone wants efficiency and quality at cheaper or at less burdensome rates. Engineered Hardwood is more affordable compared to Solid Hardwood, all in terms of the method used in installing them, the cost of the material, and the labor employed.
6. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD IS MORE RESISTANCE TO MOISTURE!
Engineered wood floors have better resistance to slightly higher and lower moisture levels than Solid Hardwood. That makes them more ideal for use in damp locations with higher or lower than normal humidity levels.
All these highlighted are reasons you just might prefer Engineered Hardwood over Solid Hardwood. What is most important, regardless, is that value is added to the outlook of your home!