Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
The decision to install a new hardwood floor isn’t one to be taken lightly. Representing a significant investment, your hardwood floor needs to be properly situated and installed to ensure a long, beautiful lifespan. At Medallion Carpet One Floor & Home we understand how important it is to find a hardwood floor that not only looks stunning, but is the proper fit for your space and lifestyle. Choosing from two distinctive types of hardwood flooring, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood, is an important step in the decision process. While these two types of flooring look and feel very much alike, there are some major distinctions to keep in mind as you plan your installation.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is comprised of natural hardwood veneers and resins, resulting in a sturdy and dense floor that looks and feels exactly like solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood achieves this fete by its cross-grain construction, which is a lot denser than traditional hardwood. The end result is an affordable alternative that’s at home in extreme climates. It won’t ever bend under pressure and – unlike solid hardwood- can go below grade. Engineered hardwood is available in all the species, finishes, and styles that you love.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
The original form of hardwood flooring, solid hardwood remains a steadfast favorite of historians and traditionalists. Solid hardwood is luxurious, high-status, and if properly installed and maintained, will last for generations. It can be refinished over and over again. While its beauty and benefits are undeniable, there are some instances where solid hardwood isn’t an ideal match. It can be a pricey upfront investment, and should only be enjoyed in rooms that stay dry and cool. Solid hardwood should never be installed below grade.